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).
- Book in progress titled "Why is Literature?"
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
- 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)