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About Ralph Clare

Ralph Clare has taught twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture, especially the post-45 period, at Boise State since 2011.  He is the author of Fictions Inc.: The Corporation in Postmodern Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture (Rutgers UP, 2014) and the editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace (Cambridge UP, 2018).  His latest book project, Metaffective Fiction: Structuring Feeling in Contemporary American Literature, explores the role of emotion and affect in post-postmodern fiction of the neoliberal era in works by David Foster Wallace, Salvador Plascencia, Sheila Heti, Claudia Rankine, and Ben Lerner, among others.  He has published, or has essays forthcoming, on postmodernism, film, post-postmodernism, David Foster Wallace, Richard Powers, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, and others. 


2011 - Present Assistant Professor, Boise State University Department of English

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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 - Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellowship
  • 2010 - President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student - Stony Brook University
  • 2010 - Roger Rosenblatt Award for Best Dissertation Chapter, Department of English - Stony Brook University
  • 2009 - Morton B. Kahn Award for Best Dissertation, Department of English - Stony Brook University


  • Engl 278 - Survey of American Literature II, 1865-Present
  • Engl 275 - Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Engl 383 - Post-Racial Fictions
  • Engl 387 - 20th Century American Fiction
  • Engl 383 - Corporations and Consumerism in Contemporary American Fiction and Film
  • Engl 392 - Literature and Film
  • Engl 424 - Sincerity and Authenticity in Contemporary American Fiction, Film, and Pop Culture
  • Engl 424 - Postmodern American Fiction
  • Engl 550 - Sincerity, Affect, and Authenticity in the Neoliberal Age
  • Engl 588 - Introduction to Critical Theory


Ph.D. - English Literature, Stony Brook University
M.F.A. - Creative Writing (Fiction), California State University, Long Beach
M.A. - English Literature, California State University, Long Beach

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Articles (9)

Includes peer-reviewed works and online essays

Books (2)

Includes edited works

Contributions to Books (3)

Reviews (3)

Includes film and book reviews

Presentations (11)