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Ken Asher

Welles 221

Ken Asher has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1986. He has a joint appointment in Philosophy and English. His areas of interest are literary theory, philosophy and literature, modern British literature, and Comparative Literature. Apart from articles in these areas, he has published T.S. Eliot and Ideology (Cambridge, 1995), and is just completing a book on Literature and Ethics. From 2004-2007 he held a Lockhart Supported Professorship for Research.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

  • M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

  • B.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Office Hours

Tuesday - 11:00-11:30, 4:10-4:40
Thursday - 11:00-11:30


  • Modern British Literature
  • Criticism
  • Comparative Literature
  • Humanities


ENGL 419 Literary Theory

A study of major trends in literary theory in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Prerequisites: ENGL 203 or permission of instructor.

HUMN 220 W/H/Western Humanities I

A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from the beginnings to 1600. The course is factual as well as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.