Frank Lentricchia

Frank Lentricchia

Katharine Everett Gilbert Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Literature

External address: 
101 Science Bldg. (E. Campus), Buchanan and Trinity, Durham, NC 27701
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, 101 Science Bldg. (E. Campus), Durham, NC 27708-0670
(919) 684-6172

Received his Ph.D. from Duke in 1966 and is Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of Literature and Theater Studies. He has taught at UCLA, UC Irvine and Rice. His chief interests lie in American literature, history of poetry, modernism, the aesthetics of reading, and the history and theory of criticism. His major publications include The Gaiety of Language: An Essay on the Radical Poetics of W.B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens (1968), Robert Frost: Modern Poetics and the Landscapes of Self (1975), After the New Criticism (1980), Criticism and Social Change (1983), Ariel and the Police (1988), Critical Terms for Literary Study (1990), Introducing Don DeLillo (1991), New Essays on White Noise (1991), The Edge of Night (1994) Modernist Quartet (1994), Johnny Critelli and The Knifeman (1996), The Music of the Inferno (1999), Lucchesi and The Whale (2001), Close Reading: The Reader (2002), Modernist Lyric in the Culture of Capital (2002), Crimes of Art and Terror (2003) and The Book of Ruth (2005). He was editorial chair of South Atlantic Quarterly for five years.


  • Ph.D., Duke University 1966
  • M.A., Duke University 1963
  • B.A., Utica College 1962

Lentricchia, F. The Music of the Inferno. SUNY Press, 1999.

Lentricchia, F. Johnny Critelli. Scribner, 1996.

Lentricchia, F. The Knifemen. Scribner, 1996.

Lentricchia, F. Modernist Quartet. Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Lentricchia, F. The Edge of Night. Random House, 1994.

Lentricchia, F. Introducing Don DeLillo. Duke University Press, 1991.

Lentricchia, F. New Essays on White Noise. Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Lentricchia, F. Critical Terms for Literary Study. University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Lentricchia, F. Ariel and the Police: Michel Foucault, William James, Wallace Stevens. University of Wisconsin Press, 1988.

Lentricchia, F. Criticism and Social Change. University of Chicago Press, 1983.


Lentricchia, F. “Reading History with Kenneth Burke.” Representing Kenneth Burke: Selected Papers from the English Institute, edited by Hayden White, 1983.

Lentricchia, F. “Robert Frost and Modern Literary Theory.” Frost: Centennial Essays, University and College Press of Mississippi, 1974.


Lentricchia, F. “Making It to Mepkin Abbey.” Harper’S, 1992.

Lentricchia, F. “My Kinsman, T.S. Eliot.” Raritan, 1992.

Lentricchia, F. “The Resentments of Robert Frost.” American Literature, June 1990.

LENTRICCHIA, F. “PHILOSOPHERS OF MODERNISM AT HARVARD, C.1900.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 89, no. 4, 1990, pp. 787–834.

Lentricchia, F. “Lyric in the culture of capitalism.” American Literary History, vol. 1, no. 1, Mar. 1989, pp. 63–88. Scopus, doi:10.1093/alh/1.1.63. Full Text

Lentricchia, F. “Andiamo.” Critical Inquiry, 1988.

Lentricchia, F. “Anatomy of a Jar.” South Atlantic Quarterly, 1987.

LENTRICCHIA, F. “RORTY CULTURAL CONVERSATION.” Raritan a Quarterly Review, vol. 3, no. 1, 1983, pp. 136–41.

LENTRICCHIA, F. “READING FOUCAULT .1. PUNISHMENT, LABOR, RESISTANCE.” Raritan a Quarterly Review, vol. 1, no. 4, 1982, pp. 5–32.

LENTRICCHIA, F. “READING FOUCAULT 'PUNISHMENT, LABOR, RESISTANCE' .2.Raritan a Quarterly Review, vol. 2, no. 1, 1982, pp. 41–70.