Leitch, Vincent Barry 1944-

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LEITCH, Vincent Barry 1944-

PERSONAL: Surname is pronounced "Leech"; born September 18, 1944, in Hempstead, NY; son of Eugene Vincent (a financial administrator) and Lucile (Amplo) Leitch; married Jill Robin Berman (a teacher), May 20, 1970, divorced, 1987; children: Kristin Meredith, Rory Grant. Education: Attended State University of New York Maritime College, 1962-64; Hofstra University, B.A., 1966; Villanova University, M.A., 1967; University of Florida, Ph.D., 1972; postdoctoral study at Princeton University, 1976, University of California, Irvine, 1978, and Vanderbilt University, 1981.

ADDRESSES: Home—4312 Northridge Rd., Norman, OK 73072. Office—Department of English, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019.

CAREER: University of Florida, Gainesville, interim assistant professor of humanities, 1972-73; Mercer University, Macon, Ga., assistant professor, 1973-77, associate professor of English and American literature, 1977-85, professor, 1985-86. Senior Fulbright lecturer at University of Tampere, Finland, 1979. Purdue University, professor of English and comparative literature, 1986-97, co-director, doctoral program in philosophy and literature, 1986-93; University of Memphis, distinguished visiting professor, 1991; University of Oklahoma, Sutton endowed chair in English, 1997—.

MEMBER: Society for Critical Exchange (member of board of directors, 1978-83), PEN American Center, American Comparative Literature Association, International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Modern Language Association of America (chair, special sessions on literary criticism, 1977-80; member, delegate assembly, 1990-95; member and chair, Organizing Committee, Delegate Assembly, 1992-95; chair and member, Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Issues, 1995, 1996; executive committee, Literary Criticism Division, 1994-98)), South Atlantic Modern Language Association (chairman of Discussion Circle on Literary Criticism, 1983-87).

AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from American Philosophical Society, 1974, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1976, 1980, and School of Criticism and Theory, 1978; Mellon Foundation fellowship, 1981; American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, 1985-86; Outstanding Academic Book Choice Award, Association of College and Research Libraries, 1988.


Deconstructive Criticism: An Advanced Introduction, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1983.

American Literary Criticism from the 1930s to 1980s, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1988.

Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1992.

Postmodernism: Local Effects, Global Flows, State University of New York Press (New York, NY), 1996.

(Editor) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, W. W. Norton (New York, NY), 2001.

Contributor of articles and reviews to literary journals. Member of editorial boards of "Literature and Film Series," Florida State University Press, 1983—; Genre:Forms of Discourse, 1997—; Minnesota Review, 1996—; Symploke, 1995; Modern Fiction Studies, 1992-97; Modern Language Association Publication Committee, 1990-93; Purdue University Press, 1988-90; South Atlantic Review, 1985-87; Grodiva, 1980-86. Staff writer for Abstracts of English Studies, 1972-75.



Critical Inquiry, summer, 1980.

Critical Texts, autumn, 1983.

Times Literary Supplement, May 27, 1983.

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