Michael Warner

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Michael Warner is Senior Professor of English Literature and American Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University in 1985. As a literary critic and social theorist he has written for Art Forum, The Nation, The Advocate, and The Village Voice. He is also the author of Publics and Counterpublics (Zone Books, 2002); The Trouble With Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life (Harvard University Press, 2000); The English Literatures of America, 1500-1800 (Routledge, 1996). He has also edited The Portable Walt Whitman (Penguin, 2003) and American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King, Jr. (Library of America, 1999).

His work ranges across a number of topics and styles, from scholarship in early American literature and print culture, to more theoretical writing about publics and social movements, to introductory editions and anthologies, to journalism and nonacademic political writing. At present he is working on a study of secularism. It is partly a reflection on the dilemmas of secularism in the present; but that reflection is framed by a study of secular culture in America in the period before it was called secularism (roughly from the early eighteenth century to the Civil War).

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Senior Professor of English Literature and American Studies at Yale University