Dr. Sharon Becker



Contact Information

LA 5327


PhD, 2008 Claremont Graduate University
MA, 1996 University of Texas, Austin

Areas of Expertise

American Literature
Jewish Literature


Dr. Becker teaches Jewish and American literature, as well as composition. Her research focuses on men and issues of identity in the literature and popular culture of the United States and Anglophone Wales.


Current research includes analyses of two Manic Street Preachers’ albums: a study of the body as a vehicle of political resistance within the songs of The Holy Bible, and melancholia, Welsh identity, and the working class on Everything Must Go; Britpop, Cool Cymru and issues of nationhood in England and Wales in the 1990s; the formation of male identity in Richard Brautigan’s Trout Fishing in America.


Book review, Swimming in the Steno Pool: A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office by Lynn Peril. Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 41.5, July 2012

Guest editor, “Oh Pretty Boy, Can’t You Give Me Nothing But Surrender?: The Presence and Importance of Women in Punk Rock,” special issue of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, January 2012

Co-author, with Wendy Martin: “The Cold War Novel: The American Novel Between 1945-1970” Blackwell Companion to the American Novel, Wiley-Blackwell (2011)

Co-editor, with Wendy Martin and Danielle Hinrichs: Anthology of the Short Story, Houghton Mifflin (2006)

Co-author, with Wendy Martin: “Eudora Welty,” “Mary McCarthy,” and “Women Writers of the Twentieth Century: An Overview” Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, Oxford University Press (2004)

Recent conference presentations:

“’What a Lovely Nib Trout Fishing in America Would Make’: Writing Contemporary Manhood Into Existence in Trout Fishing in America”; American Literature Association Conference, Washington D.C., May 2014

“Bored Out of My Mind: The Manic Street Preachers and the Beauty of Boredom”; Popular Culture Association National Conference, Chicago, IL April 2014

“In The Drooping Hours: Melancholy and New Masculinity in This Side of Paradise”; American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, 2013

“’The World is Wrong’: Tate Langdon, Kit Walker, and Perpetual Boyhood on American Horror Story”; Popular Culture Association National Conference, Washington D.C. 2013

“The Hard Times of Being a Modern Man: Economic Failure and Masculine Malaise in The Crack-Up Essays;” Fitzgerald in the 1930s: Trauma and Literary Celebrity; American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA 2011

“Something, Someone, Some Spirit”: Haunted Masculinity and Kerouac’s Debt to Whitman in On the Road;” The Beats and Walt Whitman Conference, Brooklyn, New York, March 2010


Modern Language Association, F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, Richard Brautigan Society, Popular Culture Association