Ronald Schleifer

Prof. Schleifer is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of English and Adjunct Professor in the College of Medicine. From 1976 to 2000 he served as editor of Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture; and from 1986 to 1999 he served as co-editor of The Oklahoma Project for Discourse and Theory, a book series published by the University of Oklahoma Press. In 1999 he was the director of the Annual Convention for the Society for Literature and Science, held in Norman. In 2012 he served as interim editor of Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, where he currently serves on the editorial board. Prof. Schleifer is also presently co-editor of Mariner 10: Cross-Disciplinary DVD-ROMS, a series of electronic, interactive titles published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Prof. Schleifer has written, translated, or edited twenty books. In recent years, he has been invited to lecture in Lausanne, Moscow, Salzburg, China, Singapore, Bristol, Durham, and London. He teaches twentieth-century literature and literary and cultural theory for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as courses on literature and medicine at the Norman and OU Health Sciences Center campuses. He has also developed a seminar for scholarly writing for graduate students, which he has offered at OU in a campus-wide course sponsored by the Graduate College. He recently completed A Political Economy of Modernism: Literature, Post-Classical Economics, and the Lower Middle-Class, that will appear from Cambridge in 2018.  This book, along with Modernism and Time and Modernism and Popular Music, will complete his long-term study, "The Culture of Modernism."

Office: Cate 2, Room 303

Teaching and Research Interests:

Twentieth-century literature; literature and medicine; critical theory; semiotics


Literature and Medicine: A Practical and Pedagogical Guide, Ronald Schleifer and Jerry Vannatta, MD (Palgrave, forthcoming)

A Political Economy of Modernism: Literature, Post-Classical Economics, and the Lower Middle-Class (Cambridge, 2018)

Pain and Suffering (Routledge, 2014); translated into Chinese 2017

The Chief Concern of Medicine: Integrating the Medical Humanities and Narrative Knowledge into Medical Practices (co-authored with Dr. Jerry Vannatta, M.D.) (Michigan, 2013)

Modernism and Popular Music (Cambridge, 2011)

Intangible Materialism: The Body, Scientific Knowledge, and the Power of Poetry (Minnesota, 2009)

Medicine and Humanistic Understanding (DVD-ROM co-authored with Jerry Vannatta, M.D., and Sheila Crow) (Pennsylvania, 2005)

Modernism and Time: The Logic of Abundance in Literature, Science, and Culture 1880-1930 (Cambridge, 2000)

Analogical Thinking: Post-Enlightenment Understanding of Language, Collaboration, and Interpretation  (Michigan, 2000)

Culture and Cognition: The Boundaries of Literary and Scientific Inquiry (co-author with Robert Con Davis and Nancy Mergler) (Cornell, 1992)

Criticism and Culture: The Role of Critique in Modern Literary Theory (co-author with R. C. Davis) (Longman, 1991)

Rhetoric and Death: The Language of Modernism and Postmodern Discourse Theory (Illinois, 1990)

A. J. Greimas and the Nature of Meaning: Linguistics, Semiotics, and Discourse Theory (Routledge and Nebraska, 1987; reprinted in Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory, 2017)

Edited Collections:
A Postmodern Bible Reader edited with David Jobling and Tina Pippin (Blackwell Publishers, 2001

Contemporary Literary Criticism: Literary and Cultural Studies, fourth edition edited with Robert Con Davis (Longman, 1998: additional editions 1994, 1989)

Rhetoric and Form: Deconstruction at Yale, edited with Robert Con Davis (Oklahoma, 1985)

Kierkegaard and Literature: Irony, Repetition, and Criticism, edited with Robert Markley (Oklahoma, 1984)

The Genres of the Irish Literary Revival, (Wolfhound Press and Pilgrim Books, 1980)

Structural Semantics: An Attempt at a Method, by A. J. Greimas, translated with Daniele McDowell and Alan Velie (Nebraska, 1983)

“How to Define the Indefinite,” translated by Albert Samuel Whisman and Ronald Schleifer, Genre 43 (2010)

Guest Editor:
Poststructural Pope: "The Rape of the Lock" and Contemporary Literary Theory, in The New Orleans Review (1988)

Needful Things: Translation of Language, Media, and Culture (edited with Timothy Murphy), a special double-issue of Genre 43 (2010)