Loren Glass

University of Iowa

Dr. Loren Glass is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Iowa. His research is centrally engaged with the relationship between literature and popular culture, mostly, though not exclusively, in the twentieth-century United States. Methodologically, his approach to this relationship combines sociological analysis of the cultural field with close readings of individual texts, which is why he considers his work as falling under the rubric of cultural studies. His book, Authors Inc.: Literary Celebrity in the Modern United States, 1880-1980, chronicles the emergence of literary celebrity in the late nineteenth century, as a strategy for negotiating the tensions between elite and popular conceptions of authorship, up through its contemporary manifestations that, he argues, no longer sustain the cultural authority they once did. He holds a joint appointment with the Center for the Book, and his more recent scholarship engages the emergent fields of book studies and the new sociology of literature. He has just completed a history of Grove Press entitled Counter-Culture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde.