American Studies

Benjamin L. Goluboff

Associate Professor of English 


American literature


PhD University of Pennsylvania
MA University of Pennsylvania
BA New York University

Courses Taught

English 204 Nineteenth-Century American Literature
English 206 American Environmental Literature
English 224 Literature of the Vietnam War
English 403 Emily Dickinson


“The Vietnam War: A Very Short History” in Approaches to Teaching the Work of Tim O’Brien. New York: Modern Language Association, 2010. Purchase the book on

“Michael Heller in Theory and Practice,” Notre Dame Review 22 (2006): 216-220.

“Tim O’Brien’s Quang Ngai,” American Notes and Queries 17.2 (2004): 53-58.

‘If Madonna Be’: Emily Dickinson and Roman Catholicism,” New England Quarterly 73.3 (2000): 355-385.

“The Carnival Artist in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” in The Viking Critical Edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, ed. John Clark Pratt. New York: Penguin, 1996. Reprinted from Northwest Review 29.3 (1991): 109-122.

“‘A Virtuoso’s Collection:’ Hawthorne, History, and the Wandering Jew,” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 21.1 (1995): 14-25.

“Strategies of Allusion in Poetry of the Vietnam War,” Journal of American Culture 16.3 (1993): 15-19.

Problems of the Picturesque: Nineteenth-Century American Travelers in Britain,” New Orleans Review 18.2 (1991): 5-16.

‘Latent Preparedness:’ Allusions in American Travel Literature on Britain,” American Studies 31.1 (1990): 65-82.

“Emerson’s English Traits: ‘The Mechanics of Conversation.’” American Transcendental Quarterly n.s. 3.2 (1989): 153-167.

Creative Work

Curtis LeMay, His Cigar” and “Home on Leave, Siegfried Sassoon Hallucinates Corpses in Picadilly.” Kentucky Review, Winter 2016. 

A Lost Work by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska,” First Class Literary Magazine, January 18 2016.

The Copse,” JMWW, Winter 2015. 

“Minor White in Love” and “Minor White, Found Text #1,” Stoneboat 6.1 (Fall 2015) pp. 84-85.

‘Bob Dylan and Entourage, 1964’ by Daniel Kramer. Gelatin Silver Print” and “In Hades the Shade of Wat Tyler Receives the Shade of Ho Chi Minh; They Embrace.Caveat Lector 26:1. Fall 2015. 

Allen Ginsberg’s Penis,” Four Ties Literary Review, 4.1. Summer 2015. See the video here. Read an interview with Goluboff here.

In Old Age, Ho Chi Minh Listens to Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “In Exile Ho Chi Minh Reads Ovid,” and “On a Photograph of Allen Ginsberg at the Falls of the Passaic, 1966.” Misfit Magazine, Issue 15 Summer 2015.

Mnemonic,” Agave, 2.3, Winter 2015 p. 25. 

“Late Boneset (Eupatorium serotinum).” Off The Coast, 21.1, Winter 2015. 

Indians in the Neighborhood,Prick of the Spindle, volume 8.3, Fall 2014.

“The Fairy Fleet at Fredericksburg,” War Literature and the Arts, volume 26, Fall 2014.

“Paris 1920: Ho Chi Minh Reads Lenin’s Theses on the National and Colonial Questions.”Anak Sastra #16, Summer 2014, p. 50. 

Ho Chi Minh is Battered by Police at a Demonstration on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Paris Commune, 1921” and “Osip Mandelstam Interviews Ho Chi Minh, Moscow, 1923.” Shout Out U.K., May 31, 2014.

“Chicago Tattoos”  The New Poet, Spring 2014 (30 Days of Poetry series). 

Tithonus to Aurora” and “Guernica Obscura,” Milo Review, Volume 2, issue 1; Spring 2014. 

The Vegetation of Wisconsin,” Hamilton Stone Review, #30 Winter-Spring 2014. 

‘Duke Ellington Listening to Playback, Los Angeles 1960’ by Gordon Parks. Gelatin Silver Print,” Milo Review, Volume 1; Issue 3, Winter 2013.

 ”Ho Chi Minh at Mouth of Source, 1941,” Cactus Heart, Issue 6, Fall 2013. 

Art Appreciation,” Sleet Magazine, Volume 5, Number 2, Fall 2013.  

The Campus Novel in my Head,” Milo Review, Volume 1, issue 2, Fall 2013. 

Ho Chi Minh Orders Hundreds of Coffins Built for the Guerillas of the Tet Offensive, and Thinks About the Dead,” Misfit Magazine, Issue 5, Late Summer 2013.

“Contact Hours,” “Meadowland Review,” Summer 2013, p. 11.

Collaborations,” Sugar Mule, 44, Summer 2013.

Dr Sheldon’s Photographs: An Elegy,” The Ilanot Review, Summer 2013. 

“Ho Chi Minh’s Women,” Milo Review, Volume 1, issue 1, Summer 2013.

‘Ezra Pound. Venice. 1971.’ by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Gelatin Silver Print” Untitled with Passengers, June 18, 2013.

‘Thelonious Monk and Town Hall Band in Rehearsal’ by W. Eugene Smith, 1959. Working Print with Smith’s Grease Pencil,” Misfit Magazine, Issue 3, Late Spring 2013. 

Chicago Taggers,” Misfit Magazine, Issue 2, Spring 2013. 

“Birding the Waukegan Superfund Site” in Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag, volume 1, number 8, 2013.

Collaborating writer in Rescription, eds. Conner and Van Loon, Anobium Books, 2013.

“My Trail” in The Great Lakes Book Project: An Anthology of Creative Non-Fiction, ed. Knoblock, Felix Exi Books, 2013. 

“Games with the Poet,” Anobium volume 2, 2012.

Campus Prairie: A Community Assesses its Landcape,” Cabinet Magazine 6 (Spring 2002).

“An Easter Monologue,” Jewish Currents 47.4 (1993): 27-31.

“Swimming with the Baby,” Ascent 17.2 (1993): 13-17.

“Night Reference,” Willow Review (Spring 1991): 35-42.

“His Portrait.” Whetstone 5 (Fall 1988): 72-7.

“Faculties,” Hayden’s Ferry Review 2 (Spring 1987).

Awards and Honors

Great Teacher Award, Lake Forest College

Phi Beta Kappa, New York University