Evan Brier

Professional Title
Director of Graduate Studies, M.A. Program in English

Evan Brier arrived at UMD in 2007, after attending graduate school in New York City and teaching for three years at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. His teaching and research interests include contemporary fiction, post-1900 American literature, the literary marketplace, and cultural history.


PhD, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2005)
BA, English, Columbia University (1995)

Courses Taught

English 2906: Methods of Literary Study
English 3564: American Literature II (1865-present)
English 5575: Studies in American Literature After 1914
English 5665: The American Literary Marketplace
English 8191: Seminar in American Literature (American Literature and the Cold War)
English 8906: Introduction to Critical Theory

Recent Publications

"Roth's Enduring Commitment." Tikkun (June 5, 2018).

“The Editor as Hero: The Novel, the Media Conglomerate, and the Editorial Critique.” American Literary History 30 (Spring 2018): 85-117

“Bestsellers and the 1950s.” In American Literature in Transition: 1950-1960 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

“Dirty Realism and Working-Class Fiction.” In American Literature in Transition: 1980-1990 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

The Literary Marketplace.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature (May 2017)

"Crimes and Bestsellers: Mario Puzo’s Path to The Godfather.” In Must Read: Revisiting American Bestsellers (Continuum Press, 2012)

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