Hernadi, Paul

Emeritus

Education: 

Ph.D. History of Theater, University of Vienna, 1963
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1967

Paul Hernadi is a Research Professor in the English Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received a Ph.D. in the History of Theater from the University of Vienna in 1963, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 1967. His central interests include literary theory, history of criticism, and European drama. He is the author of Cultural Transactions: Nature, Self, Society (1995), Interpreting Events: Tragicomedies of History on the Modern Stage (1995), and Beyond Genre: New Directions in Literary Classifications (1972).

Contact

Office: 

South Hall 4715

FAX: 

(805) 893-4622

Email: 

hernandi@english.ucsb.edu

Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170

Fields/Affiliations: 

Literary Theory

Research Interests: 

Literary Theory
History of Criticism
European Drama

 

Highlights

Recent News: 

  • Book in progress titled "Why is Literature?"

Publications

Articles & Chapters: 

  • "Why Is Literature: A Co-Evolutionary Perspective on Imaginative Worldmaking," Poetics Today 23:1 (2002)
  • "Literature and Evolution," Sub-Stance 30.1-2 (2001)
  • "The Tropical Landscapes of Proverbia: A Crossdisciplinary Travelogue" (with Francis Steen), Style 33.1 (1999)
  • "Criticism, Literary," Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia

Other Publications: 

  • Cultural Transactions: Nature, Self, Society (Cornell U P, 1995)
  • Interpreting Events: Tragicomedies of History on the Modern Stage (Cornell U P, 1985)
  • Beyond Genre: New Directions in Literary Classification (Cornell U P, 1972)
  • Teoría de los géneros literarios (Barcelona: Bosch, 1978; Spanish trans. of Beyond Genre)
  • Interpreting Goethe's Faust Today, co-edited with Jane K. Brown et al (Camden House, 1994)
  • Editor, The Rhetoric of Interpretation and the Interpretation of Rhetoric (Duke Univ. Press, 1989)
  • Editor, The Horizon of Literature (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1982)
  • Editor, What Is Criticism? (Indiana Univ. Press, 1981)
  • Editor, What Is Literature? (Indiana Univ. Press, 1978); Korean trans. (Changhak Publishing Co., 1983)