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Ralph Clare

Associate Professor of English  (208) 426-4264 | LA-209I

Ralph Clare teaches twentieth and twenty-first century American literature at Boise State, and specializes in the post-45 period.  He is the author of Fictions Inc.: The Corporation in Postmodern Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture (Rutgers UP, 2014) and the editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace (Cambridge UP, 2018).  His latest book project, Metaffective Fiction: Structuring Feeling in Contemporary American Literature, explores the role of emotion and affect in post-postmodern fiction and the neoliberal era in works by David Foster Wallace, Salvador Plascencia, Sheila Heti, Claudia Rankine, and Ben Lerner, among others.  He has published, or has essays forthcoming, on postmodernism, film, post-postmodernism, David Foster Wallace, Richard Powers, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.


  • Ph.D., English Literature, Stony Brook University (SUNY, Stony Brook)
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing (Fiction), California State University, Long Beach
  • M.A., English Literature, California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., English Literature, San Diego State University


20th and 21st C. American Literature and Culture, Post-45, Film, Marxism and Post-Marxism, Economic approaches to literature, the New Materialisms

Recent Publications

  • The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2018).
  • “Freedom and Formlessness: Ben Lerner’s 10:04 and the Affective Historical Present” for a special issue on “Freedom After Neoliberalism” in Open Library of the Humanities (forthcoming, 2018).
  • “The End of Postmodernism” in Literary Transitions: American Fiction in the 1990s, ed. Stephen J. Burn (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2018).
  • “Wallaceward the American Literature Survey Course Makes its Way” in MLA Approaches to Teaching David Foster Wallace, eds. Stephen J. Burn and Mary Holland (MLA, forthcoming 2018).
  • “An Exquisite Corpus: Assembling a Wallace Without Organs” in The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace, ed. and intro. Ralph Clare (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2018).


  • Engl 278  Survey of American Literature II,1865-Present
  • Engl 275  Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Engl 383  Post-Racial Fictions
  • Engl 387  20th Century American Fiction
  • Engl 383  Corporations and Consumerism in Contemporary American Fiction and Film
  • Engl 392  Literature and Film
  • Engl 424  Sincerity and Authenticity in Contemporary American Fiction, Film, and Pop Culture
  • Engl 424  Postmodern American Fiction
  • Engl 550  Sincerity, Affect, and Authenticity in the Neoliberal Age
  • Engl 588  Introduction to Critical Theory