Berkeley English Faculty

Charles F. Altieri

Charles F. Altieri

Professor
Rachael Anderson Stageberg Endowed Chair

Wheeler Hall, room 332
by appointment
altieri@berkeley.edu
510 334 4244


Professional Statement

I have been primarily interested in the varieties of Twentieth Century American poetry, especially in relation to philosophy and to the visual arts. I also recently wrote a book on the affects and that shapes my thinking on most topics. But I am in transition. I have been teaching Shakespeare and Hegel and will teach the epic because I want a grand stage on which to figure out what I can say about affect in literature.I am also working on book introducing ways of thinking about modern American poetry.

My website.


Books
Reckoning with Imagination: Wittgenstein and the Aesthetics of Literary Experience
Reckoning with Imagination: Wittgenstein and the Aesthetics of Literary Experience

Reckoning with Imagination tries to recast basic Idealist claims about imagination and purposiveness in terms provided by Witt genstein’s showing the limits of what empiricist concerns for “truth values” in relation to the range of ways we deploy th....(read more)

Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity:  Toward a Phenomenology of Value
Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity: Toward a Phenomenology of Value

In his recent work, Charles Altieri has argued for the importance of the affects, which philosophy has too long subordinated to cognition and ethics.  In Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity, Altieri argues that critics have failed to apprec....(read more)

The Art of 20th Century American Poetry: Modernism and After
The Art of 20th Century American Poetry: Modernism and After

Altieri's book situates modernist poetry in the context of early 20th century scientific and philosophical developments, to posit the emergence of a "new realism" in the works of Pound and Williams. It then traces the fate of this movement from Elio....(read more)


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered
The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Postmodernism(s) Now. University Station: Penn State University Press, ca 1999.

Recent English Courses Taught