American Literature


Michael Kaufmann received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.  Initially his research and teaching focused on early American culture and theories of religion and secularism. In those fields he published articles in New Literary History, Religion and Literature, Soundings, and Early American Literature and the book Institutional Individualism: Conversion, Exile and Nostalgia in Puritan New England. His current research and teaching focus on theater and dramatic literature.

Courses Taught


  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Interpreting Literature
  • Survey of American Literature I
  • Introduction to American Writing
  • American Romanticism
  • 19th Century American Fiction
  • Studies in Early American Literature: Anne Hutchinson
  • Studies in 19th Century American Literature: Melville; Dickinson and Whitman
  • American Playwrights
  • Masterpieces of European Drama
  • Contemporary Drama: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, An Octoroon
  • Studies in Drama: Beckett, Endgame; Churchill, Love and Information
  • Texts and Criticism


  • Early American Literature