Bryan Santin



Areas of Interest
Post-1945 U.S. literary and cultural history, American politics and postwar fiction, Post-9/11 literature, African American fiction, digital and computational approaches to literature

B.A. Political Science & English, Ohio Dominican University; M.A. English, Miami University


As a Ph.D. candidate in the English department, Bryan M. Santin focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, culture and politics. He is currently working on a dissertation entitled Imagining the American Right: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Modern Conservatism, 1945-2005. Bringing together a politically diverse group of fiction writers including, but not limited to, Flannery O'Connor, Ayn Rand, James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Wolfe and Toni Morrison, Bryan argues that the ascendance of modern American conservatism was a crucial factor in transforming the legibility of existing political classifications in the United States and that this transformation, in turn, changed how major American writers imagined the complex political ramifications of their work. In addition to his dissertation project, Bryan is interested in digital and computational approaches to literary studies, the post-9/11 novel, and the cultural impact of Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency on the contemporary novel.

Recent Scholarly Activity
Recent Publications

“Is or Are: The ‘United States’ in Nineteenth-Century Print Culture” (co-authored with Matthew Wilkens and Dan Murphy). American Quarterly March 68.1 2016

“Kurt Gerstein and the Tragic Parable of ‘Clean Hands’: The Imaginative Role of Fiction in the Moral Calculus of William T. Vollmann"" William T. Vollmann: A Critical Companion. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2014. Print.


Recent Conference Presentations

"James Baldwin's Strongbox of Custom: Paris, Prejudice and the Rise of Modern of Conservatism." International James Baldwin Conference 2016. The American University of Paris. Paris, France. May 2016

“‘It can get pretty fascist in here’: Genealogies of Fascism and Modern Conservatism in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon, 1963 – 1990.” English Department Graduate Research Symposium. University of Notre Dame. March 2016.

“Complicating the Conservative Wolf: Postwar Conservatism and the Overlooked Legacy of Malcolm X.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). Toronto, Canada. May 2015.

“What hast cast such a shadow upon you?”: Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno and the Sociopolitical Aesthetics of Racial Invisibility in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.” American Literature Association Conference. Washington, D.C. May 2014.

“Against Political Solipsism: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road as Post-9/11 Allegory” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, KY. February 2013.