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Joan Shelley Rubin

Dexter Perkins Professor in History; Directory of Graduate Studies; Interim Director, Humanities Center
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of History

Areas of expertise: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American cultural and intellectual history; the history of the book.

Press contact:
Monique Patenaude
(585) 276-3693

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The Ordinary Reader New York Times Sunday Book Review (June 24, 2007)

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Joan Shelley Rubin focuses broadly on the values, assumptions, and anxieties that have shaped American life, as reflected in both high culture and the experiences of ordinary people. She most recently published Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America(Harvard University Press), which explores how readers made meaning in the past and how they encountered literature as lived experience. She is currently co-editing a volume for a collaborative History of the Book in America which covers the book since 1945, including the impact of electronic media. She previously published The Making of Middlebrow Culture, a study of the literary scene in the interwar period. Her first book was about American writer and critic Constance Rourke.