Cyrus R.K. Patell

Global Network Professor of Literature, NYUAD; Professor of English, NYU Affiliation: NYU New York
Email: cp1@nyu.edu
Education: AB, AM, PhD in English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University

Research Areas: theory and practice of cosmopolitanism, US novel from 1850 to the present, Global Shakespeare, literature and philosophy.


Cyrus R. K. Patell is Professor of Literature at NYUAD and Professor of English at NYU in New York. He began his scholarly career as a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century US literature and culture, but his recent scholarship and teaching has centered on the theory and practice of cosmopolitanism, on late-20th century US emergent literatures, and onGlobal Shakespeare. He has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Undergraduate Honors for the English Department at NYU.  From 2010-2013, Patell was the Associate Dean of Humanities for NYU Abu Dhabi.

At NYU Abu Dhabi, Patell teaches a variety of courses including "Foundations of Literature I & II," "Global Shakespeare," and "Technophilia and Its Discontents." Past courses include "Classic American Literature," "The Cosmopolitan Imagination,"  "Global Text: Moby-Dick" (with Shamoon Zamir), "Shakespeare and Cosmopolitanism," and "Speculative Fiction."

Recent publications include Emergent U.S. Literatures (NYU Press, 2014) and Cosmopolitanism and the Literary Imagination (Palgrave, 2015). Patell is presently at work on a book about Lucasfilm and Star Wars for the series "Philosophical Filmmakers" (Bloomsbury) and on a study of the ways in which Shakespeare's Hamlet became a part of  global cultural heritage. With  Deborah Lindsay Williams, he is co-editing volume eight of the twelve-volume Oxford History of the Novel in English (general editor Patrick Parrinder) on the American novel after 1940 and is co-writing a book on American Fiction since 1945  for the series "Readers’ Guides to Essential Criticism" (Palgrave Macmillan).

Patell serves as the publisher for Electra Street: A Journal of the Arts and Humanities and its sister publication, Airport Road, a journal of student creative work. He is also the director of  the NYUAD Global Shakespeare Project.

Patell received his AB, AM, and PhD in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. His blogs include patell dot org and Patell and Waterman's History of New York.

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