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. “Luigi Ventura and the Origins of Italian-American Fiction.” Italian Americana.

Lentricchia, F. “On Behalf of Theory.” Triquarterly.

Lentricchia, F. “Reflections on the Return of William James.” Cultural Critique.

Lentricchia, F. “Patriarchy Against Itself–The Young Manhood of Wallace Stevens.” Critical Inquiry.

Lentricchia, F. “Ezra Pound’s American Book of Wonders.” South Atlantic Quarterly.

Lentricchia, F. “From ’Last Will and Testament’.” Scribner Magazine.

Lentricchia, F. “Wallace Stevens: The Ironic Eye.” The Yale Review.

Lentricchia, F. “The Romanticism of William James.” Salmagundi.