James D. Bloom

Professor of English and American Studies

Tel. 484-664-3317
Fax 484-664-3633
Office: Center for the Arts 237           
Email: bloom@muhlenberg.edu
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  • 1982 Ph.D, English Literature, Rutgers
  • 1975 M.A., Literature, University of California/Santa Cruz
  • 1972 B.A., Literature, Bennington

Select Awards, Publications and Presentations:

"The Beauty and Edification Found in Reading" - English professor James Bloom discusses the importance of books in the Summer 2016 issue of Muhlenberg Magazine.

Class of 1932 Research Professorship 1994-95, 2007-08
Shire Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2001-02
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship: Princeton University (1983), CUNY (1988)

Hollywood Intellect (Rowman Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2009)

Gravity Fails: The Comic Jewish Shaping of Modern America (Praeger, 2003)

The Literary Bent: The Search for High Art in Contemporary American Writing (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997)

Left Letters: The Culture Wars of Mike Gold and Joseph Freeman
(Columbia University Press, 1992)

The Stock of Available Reality: R.P. Blackmur and John Berryman (Bucknell University Press, 1984)

“Amiri Baraka and Philip Roth: Passing, Place, and Identities,” Approaches to Teaching Dutchman.Modern Language Association, 2018 (in production)

“The Hollywood Challenge,” William Faulkner in Context Ed. John T. Matthews. Cambridge University Press, 2015

“Queering, Gazing, and Containment in Giovanni’s Room,” European Journal of American Culture 34:1 2015.

T. Matthews. Cambridge University Press, 2015

“Philip Roth’s Lover’s Quarrel.” Roth and Celebrity. Ed. Aimee Pozorski. Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield. 2012

 “Is There Such a Thing as Jewish Fiction?” Moment (symposium contribution), May/June 2012 http://www.momentmag.com/is-there-such-a-thing-as-jewish-fiction/

"Male Gazers After Mulvey: Roth and Stone," College Hill Review No. 5, Winter-Spring 2010
"Obama's Candidacy Reopens Debate on Race," Morning Call 20 February 2007

"Is a Star Born: American Novelists as Stargazers," Columbia Journal of American Studies vol. 8 (spring 2007)

"Lincoln Stands in Contrast." (Allentown PA) Morning Call 12 February 2006

"Hollywood Intellect," Canadian Review of American Studies 34:3 (2004)-Available online@Academic Search Premier

"Independence Day Apart from the Fireworks: Read, White, and Blue," Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 July 2002. http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i43/43b01001.htm 

"The Occidental Tourist: The Counter-Orientalist Gaze in Fitzgerald's Last Novels," Style 35:1 (Spring 2001)

"Contrarian Investing of Cultural Capital in the Work of Robert Stone, Thom Jones, and Others," Contemporary Literature Fall 1995. Reprinted Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 175 (CLC-175)

"Fellow Travelers: A Canon for Critics" (review essay on Trilling and Burke), American Literary History,  Winter 1990

"In the Wake of The Great White Whale" New York Times 12 November 1989


James D. Bloom  began teaching at Muhlenberg College in  1982 he has published five books Hollywood Intellect (2009), Gravity Fails (2003), The Literary Bent (1997),Left Letters(1992) and The Stock of Available Reality (1984). For the past five years he has been working on a book tentatively titled The Male Gaze Reader. His essays and reviews have appeared in: American Literary History, American Studies, American Quarterly ,Contemporary Literature,  the European Journal of American Culture,  the Chronicle of Higher Education Style, the New York Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Allentown’s Morning Call, and Creem.Bloom began his undergraduate studies at Columbia College and, majoring in literature, completed them at Bennington College. His graduate degrees include an MA in literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz and doctorate in English from Rutgers University/New Brunswick. Before becoming a professor, Bloom worked in publishing (at Viking, Macmillan, and Time Inc.) and in the retail book trade in Manhattan (at the Strand).