W.J.T. Mitchell

W.J.T. Mitchell

Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English Language and Literature, Art History, and the College; Editor, Critical Inquiry
203 Wiebolt Hall
773.702.8475

M.A. and Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University in 1968; B.A. from Michigan State University in 1963. Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. I teach in both the English and the Art History departments and edit the interdisciplinary journal, Critical Inquiry, a quarterly devoted to critical theory in the arts and human sciences. I work particularly on the history and theories of media, visual art, and literature, from the eighteenth century to the present. My work explores the relations of visual and verbal representations in the culture and iconology (the study of images across the media). In addition to publications resulting from my own research, under my editorship Critical Inquiry has published special issues on public art, psychoanalysis, pluralism, feminism, the sociology of literature, canons, race and identity, narrative, the politics of interpretation, postcolonial theory, and many other topics. As a teacher I try to encourage students from a variety of disciplinary locations to think about such topics as: "Space, Place, and Landscape," "Fetishism, Totemism, Idolatry," "The Eye and the Gaze," "Violence and Representation," and "The Arts of Memory." A few years ago I developed what has proven as especially successful course in "Theories of Media." In 2003, I received the University of Chicago's Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

Selected Publications

For more information: http://english.uchicago.edu/faculty/mitchell, or
http://wjtmitchell.uchicago.edu

Education 

M.A. and Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University in 1968; B.A. from Michigan State University in 1963.