Richard ABERLE

Richard ABERLE
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Richard Aberle returned to the Ph.D. program in Literature at McGill after a two-decade hiatus to complete a dissertation on Wallace Stevens, modernism in the age of insurance, and the labors of poetry. He has recently written on Stevens, on Robert Frost and modernist theories of reading, and on John Steinbeck and the discourses of capitalism. Aberle has over thirty years of teaching experience and has taught undergraduate courses in poetry, film, rhetorical theory, classics, ancient myth, and American Literature, as well as courses in reading and composition. Most recently Aberle taught English for thirteen years at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. In 2012, Aberle was the recipient of the Plattsburgh State Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2017, he was awarded a State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Aberle also served as a fellow at Plattsburgh State’s Institute for Ethics in Public Life.


Ph.D. McGill University (exp. 2024)
M.A. University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Hobart College (Honors in History)

Current research: 

Wallace Stevens; modernist poetry; the age of Insurance; Robert Frost and modernist theories of reading; Steinbeck and the rhetoric of capitalism; proxemics and the phenomenology of pathos in film narrative

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