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Jim Merod, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time

Professor of American Literature

Phone: 949-480-4336
Fax: 949-480-4261
Email: jmerod@soka.edu

Education
  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • B. A., Princeton University
Positions Held
  • At SUA since 2003
  • 1979 - 1986, Prof. of Literature & Humanities, Brandeis University
  • 1972 - 1979, Prof. of Literature & Critical Theory, Cornell University
  • 1981, Visiting Prof. of Literature & Criticism, Brown University
  • Summer 1973, Prof. of English & American Literature, Stanford University
  • Summer 1972, Prof. of Critical Theory, UCLA
Research Interests
  • Melville and Nietzsch
  • Jazz Paradigms, Narrative Embodiments
  • Benny Golson's autobiography
Selected Papers, Publications & Lectures
  • The Political Responsibility of the Critic, Cornell Univ. Press, 1987
  • Jazz as a Cultural Archive, Duke Univ. Press, 1995
  • "Resistance to Theory," in Critical Theory and Performance, Reinelt and Roach, eds.; Univ. of Michigan Press, 1992
  • "A World Without Whole Notes," Boundary 2 (vol. 18, no. 2; Summer '91); Duke Univ. Press, 1992
  • "Postmodern Economics and Academic Cyberspace," Boundary 2 (vol. 21, no.3 Fall '94); Duke Univ. Press, 1994
  • "Trumpet Madness: Reflections of Jazz Photography," Journal of Urban and Cultural Studies (vol. one, no. 2 1990); Univ. Massachusetts, 1990
  • "The Question of Miles Davis," Boundary 2 (vol. 28, no. 2 Summer 2001); Duke Univ. Press, 2001
  • "Forward Motion," The Jazz Cadence of American Culture, ed. Robert G. O'Meally,  Columbia Univ. Press, 2000
  • "Pulling it All Together," Ocotillo (vol. one, no. 1), 1996
  • "Lyrical Abstractions of Edward Said," Boundary 2 (vol. 25, no. 2 Summer '98) Duke Univ. Press, 1998
Courses Taught at SUA
  • Modes of Inquiry
  • Nineteenth Century American Literature
  • Core One: Enduring Questions of Humanity
  • Core Two: Globalism
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Literature of the Americas
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Contemporary Literature and Criticism
  • Learning Cluster: Miles Davis and the Jazz Tradition
  • Learning Cluster: Billie Holiday: Achievement and Legacy
Selected Honors & Awards
  • Bausch & Lomb Award, 1960
  • Harvard Book Award, 1960
  • Science, Technology & Humanities Fellow, Cornell, 1974-75
  • Humanities Research Institute Fellow, Univ. of California, Irvine, 1989-90
  • Michael Walzer Teaching Award, Brandeis, 1985
  • Professor of the Year, SUA, 2003
  • Honors, Princeton; Distinction, Stanford

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