Evan Brier

Professional title

Associate Professor & Head, English Graduate Faculty


I received my Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2005, and I started teaching at UMD in 2007. My research focuses on contemporary American novels and the literary marketplace. Teaching and research interests: Contemporary fiction; post-1900 American literature; the literary marketplace; cultural history.

Courses Taught

English 2571: Contemporary Literature
English 3564: American Literature II (1865-present)
English 3906: Methods of Literary Study
English 5575: Studies in American Literature After 1914
English 5582: American Novel II (1920-present)
English 8191: Seminar in American Literature (American Literature and the Cold War)
English 8906: Introduction to Critical Theory

Recent Publications

"Crimes and Bestsellers: Mario Puzo's Path to The Godfather." Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers. Ed. Sarah Churchwell and Thomas Ruys Smith. London: Continuum, 2012. 277-296.

A Novel Marketplace: Mass Culture, the Book Trade, and Postwar American Fiction. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.

“Reading in the 1980s: In Country, Minimalism, and the Age of Niches.” Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 19 (2008): 231-247.

“Constructing the Postwar Art Novel: Paul Bowles, James Laughlin, and the Making of The Sheltering Sky.” PMLA (January 2006): 186-199.