James D. Bloom

Professor of English and American Studies


Tel. 484-664-3317
Fax 484-664-3633
Office: Center for the Arts 237           


     1982 Ph.D, English Literature, Rutgers
     1975 M.A., Literature, University of California/Santa Cruz
     1972 B.A., Literature, Bennington

Select Awards, Publications and Presentations:

Class of 1932 Research Professorship 1994-95, 2007-08
Shire Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2001-02

Hollywood Intellect (forthcoming 2009 from Rowman Littlefield/Lexington Books)
Link to Preview of  Hollywood Intellect

Gravity Fails: The Comic Jewish Shaping of Modern America (Praeger, 2003)

The Literary Bent: The Search for High Art in Contemporary American Writing (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997)

Left Letters: The Culture Wars of Mike Gold and Joseph Freeman
(Columbia University Press, 1992)

The Stock of Available Reality: R.P. Blackmur and John Berryman (Bucknell University Press, 1984)

"Male Gazers After Mulvey: Roth and Stone," College Hill Review No. 5, Winter-Spring 2010
"Philip Roth's Lover's Quarrel." Roth and Celebrity. Ed. Aimee Pozorski. Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield. 2012

"Obama's Candidacy Reopens Debate on Race," Morning Call 20 February 2007

"Is a Star Born: American Novelists as Stargazers," Columbia Journal of American Studies vol. 8 (spring 2007)

"Lincoln Stands in Contrast." (Allentown PA) Morning Call 12 February 2006

"Hollywood Intellect," Canadian Review of American Studies 34:3 (2004)-Available online@Academic Search Premier

"Independence Day Apart from the Fireworks: Read, White, and Blue," Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 July 2002.

"The Occidental Tourist: The Counter-Orientalist Gaze in Fitzgerald's Last Novels," Style 35:1 (Spring 2001)

"Contrarian Investing of Cultural Capital in the Work of Robert Stone, Thom Jones, and Others," Contemporary Literature Fall 1995. Reprinted Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 175 (CLC-175)

"Fellow Travelers: A Canon for Critics" (review essay on Trilling and Burke), American Literary History,  Winter 1990

"In the Wake of The Great White Whale" New York Times 12 November 1989

“Civilization the Movie,” Penn State/LV Lecture Series 24 September 2008


Jim Bloom’s teaching interests include American writing since the 1800s, rhetoric, ethnic literature, and mass media, especially movies and the news.