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 Accidental Pallbearer. Melville House, 2013.

Lentricchia, F. Essays on the Fiction of Frank Lentricchia, ed. by Thomas DePietro. Guernica Editions, 2007.

McAuliffe, J., and F. Lentricchia. Crimes of Art and Terror. University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Lentricchia, F. Close Reading: The Reader. Edited by Frank Lentricchia and Andrew DuBois, Duke University Press, 2003.

Lentricchia, F. Don DeLillo’s White Noise. Philadelphia, 2003.

Lentricchia, F. The Italiam-American Reader. Edited by Bill Tonelli, William Morrow, 2003.

Lentricchia, F. "Dissent from the Homeland". Duke University Press, 2003.

Lentricchia, F. The Penguin Book of Italian-American Writing. Edited by Regina Barreca, New York, 2002.

Lentricchia, F. Lucchesi and The Whale. Duke University Press, 2001.


Lentricchia, F. “Johnny Critelli.” The Italian American Reader, edited by Bill Tonelli, William Morrow, 2003.

Lentricchia, F. “"Tales of the Electronic Tribe".” Don DeLillo’s White Noise, Philadelphia, 2003.

Lentricchia, F. “Sitdown at the Heartland Hotel.” The Penguin Book of Italian-American Writing, edited by Regina Barreca, New York, 2002.

Lentricchia, F. “Don DeLillo’s Primal Scenes.” White Noise: Text and Criticism, edited by Mark Osteen, New York: Penguin Books, 1998.

Lentricchia, F. “Analysis of Burke’s Speech.” The Legacy of Kenneth Burke, edited by Herbert W. Simons and Trevor Melia, University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.

Lentricchia, F. “The Redemptive Imagination.” Modern Critical Views: Robert Frost, edited by Harold Bloom, Chelsea House, 1989.

Lentricchia, F. “Foucault’s Legacy: A New Historicism?The New Historicism, edited by H Aram Veeser, Routledge, 1989.

Lentricchia, F. “The ’Life’ of a Humanist Intellectual.” The Academic’s Handbook, Duke University Press, 1988.

Lentricchia, F. “The Return of William James.” The Current in Criticism, Purdue University Press, 1987.

Lentricchia, F. “On the Ideologies of Poetic Modernism, 1890-1913: The Example of William James.” Reconstructing American Literary History, edited by Sacvan Bercovitch, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986.


Lentricchia, F. The Italian Actress. SUNY Press, 2008.

Lentricchia, F. “Modern American Lyric in the Culture of Capital.” Cambridge History of American Literature, Cambridge, 2003.

Lentricchia, F. “DeLillo and/or Aristotle.” South Atlantic Quarterly, 2003.

Lentricchia, F. “DeLillo and/or Aristotle.” South Atlantic Quarterly, 2000.

Lentricchia, F. “Islas Malvinas.” London Review of Books, 1999.

Lentricchia, F. “Lucchesi: His Life in Art.” London Review of Books, 1998.

Lentricchia, F. “No More Whining.” London Review of Books, 1997.

Lentricchia, F. “From ’Johnny Critelli’.” Scribner Magazine, 1996.

Lentricchia, F. “Last Will and Testament of an Ex-Literary Critic.” Lingua Franca, 1996.

Lentricchia, F. “Christmas 1987.” Harper’S, 1993.


Lentricchia, F., and F. Issue. South Atlantic Quarterly: Special Issue. Duke University Press, 2004.

Lentricchia, F. “"Dissent from the Homeland: Essays after 9/11".” South Atlantic Quarterly, Sept. 2002.