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Daniel R. Schwarz

Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature & Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow


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. 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 most recent book is How to Succeed in College and Beyond: The Art of Learning (to appear in China in a mandarin edition with a new chapter for Asian students). He is the author of Endtimes? Crisis and Turmoil at the New York Times (2012) which in 2014 was published in a new updated paperback edition. Reading the European Novel to 1900 appeared in 2014, and he is writing a sequel (under contract) entitled Reading the European Novel from 1900. He also writes on both Higher Education and the media for the the Huffington Post. In recent years he published In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century (2008) in the prestigious Blackwell Manifesto series. His books include 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-editor of 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 Reading the European Novel to 1900, the first of a two volume critical study of major works from Cervantes’ Don Quixote to di Lampedusa’s The Leopard. The first volume on the European novel included works by Cervantes, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Balzac, Stendhal, and Zola. The second volume on the European novel since 1900 will include Proust, Mann, Camus, Bassani, Kafka, di Lampedusa, Bassani, Kertesz, Kundera, Pamuk, Grass, Saramago, and Ferrante.

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.


  • Literatures in English
  • Jewish Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • English Language and Literature


  • Program of Jewish Studies


  • British High Modernism, 1890-1950; Victorian studies
  • Twentieth Century American Culture
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Relationship Between Visual Arts and Literature, especially nineteenth and twentieth century
  • Narrative Theory; History and Evolution of the Novel
  • The European Novel in Translation
  • Relationship between Western Cultures and Asian and African cultures
  • James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, Wallace Stevens, Virgina Woolf, TS Eliot, DH Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and Picasso
  • New York City
  • Urban culture
  • Newspapers and their history
  • Media studies


Spring 2021


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