Andrew Gordon


Andrew GordonAndrew Gordon received his BA from Rutgers in 1965 and his PhD from Berkeley in 1973. He has been a member of the UF faculty since 1975, teaching American Fiction Post-WW II, Jewish-American Fiction, and Science Fiction Literature and Film. He has also been a Fulbright Lecturer in Spain (1973–75), Portugal (1979), and Yugoslavia (1984–85), a visiting professor of contemporary American Literature in Hungary (1995) and Russia (1997), and an invited lecturer at universities in France, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, and Poland. In the summer of 2001, he taught in the UF program in Rome, and in the spring of 2007 and 2009, in Paris.

Professor Gordon’s publications include An American Dreamer: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Fiction of Norman Mailer (Fairleigh Dickinson/Associated University Presses, 1980); Psychoanalyses/Feminisms , co-edited with Peter Rudnytsky (SUNY Press, 2000); Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness, co-authored with UF sociologist Hernan Vera (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); and, most recently Empire of Dreams:  The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).  In addition, he has over 70 essays and 30 reviews in journals including Modern Fiction Studies, Literature and Psychology, Saul Bellow Journal, and Philip Roth Studies on Jewish-American writers such as Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Kosinski, on other contemporary writers such as Barth and Pynchon, and on contemporary American science fiction and SF films.

His essay, “Star Wars: A Myth for Our Time” was translated into Swedish. His essay on Cynthia Ozick’s “The Shawl”and his essay with Hernan Vera on film versions of “Mutiny on the Bounty” were translated into French. His article on Richard Brautigan was translated into German.

He is director of the Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts (IPSA) and organizes the annual International Conference on Literature and Psychology. He is co-editor of Studies in Jewish American Literature and on the Editorial Board of Journal of American Culture.


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