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Daniel Schwarz

Daniel R. Schwarz

House Fellow
Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature
Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
242 Goldwin Smith Hall
607-255-9313

Daniel R. Schwarz is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1968. He is a renowned teacher, scholar, and public intellectual. In 1998 he received Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences Russell award for distinguished teaching, and the Weiss title also speaks to his teaching prowess.   

His book on undergraduate education, How to Succeed in College and Beyond: The Art of Learning (Wiley) has not only been very well received, but is now being translated into Mandarin for an edition to be published in China. In recent years, he has been blogging on the media and higher education for the Huffington Post. He is the author of the well-received Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times, 1999-2009 (Excelsior Edition of SUNY Press, 2012; paperback edition with new preface, 2014).

Considered one of the world’s leading authorities on James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, and Twentieth Century Modernism, he published in 2014 Reading the European Novel to 1900. His books include In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century (2008) in the prestigious Blackwell Manifesto series, Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930 (2004), Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture (2003), Imagining the Holocaust (1999), Rereading Conrad (2001), Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature  (1997), Narrative and Representation in Wallace Stevens (1993)--a Choice selection for best academic book of 1993; The Case for a Humanistic Poetics (1991); The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930 (1989; revised 1995), Reading Joyce's "Ulysses" (2004; orig. ed 1987); The Humanistic Heritage: Critical Theories of the English Novel from James to Hillis Miller (1986); Conrad: The Later Fiction (1982); Conrad: "Almayer's Folly"through "Under Western Eyes" (1980); and Disraeli's Fiction (1979).

He has edited Joyce's The Dead (1994) and Conrad's The Secret Sharer (1997) in the Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series, and co-edited Narrative and Culture (1994). He has also edited the Penguin Damon Runyon (2008). He served as consulting editor of the six-volume edition of The Early Novels of Benjamin Disraeli (2004) for which he wrote the General Introduction. He is General Editor of the multi-volume critical series Reading the Novel for which he wrote Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930 (2004) and is now writing a two-volume study of theEuropean Novel. 

Schwarz has directed nine NEH seminars, and has lectured widely in the United States and abroad, including a number of lecture tours under the auspices of the academic programs of the USIS and State Department.He has held three endowed visiting professorships.He has published about 90 poems, some of which are available on his webpage - http://courses.cit.cornell.edu/drs6/ - and a little fiction. He also writes travel articles for newspapers and magazines and they too are available on his web page.

Schwarz is Faculty President of the Cornell chapter of Phi Beta Kappa as well as the longtime Faculty Advisor to the English Club and the Men's Varsity Tennis Team. He is active in the Presidential Research and College Scholar programs.

His former graduate students and NEH participants honored him with a festschrift entitled Reading Texts, Reading Lives: Essays in the Tradition of Humanistic Cultural Criticism in Honor of Daniel R. Schwarz, eds. Helen Maxson and Dan Morris, co-published byUniversity of Delaware Press and Rowman and Littlefield (2012).

Schwarz’s interests include travel (and writing about travel), art museums, theatre, and sports, especially swimming and playing tennis.   His two sons are Cornell graduates:David '89, varsity women’s tennis coach at Claremont after ten years as men’s s coach at Middlebury where he coached his team to two Division Three National Team Championships, as well as four years as Brown’s men’s coach and Jeffrey '94, currently working in Boston as a Senior Associate Product Manager in the mutual fund industry.Schwarz is married to Marcia Jacobson, a retired scholar who held the Hargis Professorship in American Literature at Auburn University.