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Dr. Tom Perrin

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty; Professor of English


Phone Number: (334) 833-4236
Office and/or Address: Flowers Hall 107


  • Ph.D., English Literature, The University of Chicago
  • M.A., English Literature, The University of Chicago
  • M.A., English Literature, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • B.A., English Literature, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • PG.Dip.  Theatre Directing, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, United Kingdom


Dr. Perrin joined the Huntingdon Department of Language and Literature faculty in 2011 after serving as a B.A. preceptor, lecturer, course assistant, and writing instructor at the University of Chicago. His book, The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction: Popular US Novels, Modernism, and Form, 1945–75 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), was published in 2015.


2015          The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction: Popular US Novels, Modernism, and Form, 1945–75 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan)

Edited Collections
2016          “The Middlebrow,” with Cecilia Konchar Farr, essay cluster, Post45 Peer-Reviewed (July),
2012          “On Patricia Highsmith,” with Mary Esteve, essay cluster, Post45 Peer-Reviewed (Dec.),

Refereed Journal Articles
2016          “Inventing the Middlebrow,” with Cecilia Konchar Farr, introduction to “The Middlebrow” essay cluster, Post45 Peer Reviewed (July),
2012          “The Old Men and the ‘Sea of Masscult’: T. S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, and Middlebrow Aesthetics,” American Literature 84.1 (March): 151–173
2012          “On Patricia Highsmith,” introduction to cluster of articles on Patricia Highsmith, Post45 Peer-Reviewed (Dec.),
2011          “Rebuilding Bildung: The Middlebrow Novel of Aesthetic Education in the Mid-Twentieth Century US,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 44.3 (Fall): 382–401
2008          “Beauty and the Priest: The Use and Misuse of Aesthetics in The Damnation of Theron Ware,” Arizona Quarterly 64.3 (Fall 2008): 31–50

Book Chapters
2018          “The Great American Novel,” in American Literature in Transition, 1970–1980, ed. Kirk Curnutt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp.197–209
2017          “Edited for the Old Lady in Dubuque: The Middlebrow Literature of the Midwest,” in The Midwestern Moment: The Forgotten World of Early Twentieth-Century Midwestern Regionalism, vol. 1 of Rediscovering the American Midwest, 3 vols., ed. Jon Lauck (Hastings, NE: Hastings College Press), pp.265–77
2015          “On Blustering: Dwight Macdonald, Modernism, and The New Yorker,” in Writing for The New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical, ed. Fiona Green (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press), pp.228–48

Encyclopedia Entries
2014          “Allen Drury,” American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press),

Book Reviews
2017          “Coming of Age with Philip Pullman,” review of Philip Pullman, La Belle SauvagePublic Books (Dec. 4):
2015          “Harper Lee’s Bad Form,” review of Harper Lee, Go Set a WatchmanPublic Books (Sep. 15):

Other Publications
2018          [as Tom Spencer], “The Body in the Abyss” [short story], THAT 3, March: 96–98
2017          ——, gnomechomsky [short story], (Norwich: Galley Beggar).
2016          ——, “Signs” [short story], THAT 1, March: 96–97.
2013          ——, “Terror of the Zygons” [poem], The Awl, February,
2012          ——, “Dear Pussy Riot” [poem], Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot, ed. Mark Burnhope, Sarah Crewe, and Sophie Mayer (London: English PEN), p.154


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