1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Aaron Colton


M.A. University of Virginia 2014

B.A. English (minor: Analytic Philosophy), Vassar College, 2012, honors in major

Aaron’s dissertation-project in development reconsiders the ethics of metafiction in the 20th and 21st centuries under the rubrics of ordinary language philosophy and pragmatism.


20th C American, 21st C American, Philosophy, Postmodernism, Theory & Criticism


Review Essays

  • Epistemologies of State, Epistemologies of Text” (on The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State by Timothy Melley); forthcoming in Postmodern Culture

Book Reviews

  • The Transformative Humanities: A Manifesto by Mikhail Epstein, Klyukanov, Igor, trans, ed.” College Literature 41.2 Spring 2014

Lectures and Conference Presentations

  • “The Ethics and Escapism of Metafiction: A Reading of ‘Lost in the Funhouse,’” Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture Since 1900, Louisville, KY, February 2015
  • “David Foster Wallace and the Problem of Skepticism: A Cavellian Approach,” First Annual David Foster Wallace Conference, Bloomington IL, May 2014
  • “Metafiction and the American Anti-Critics,” American Literature Association, panel sponsored by the Society for Contemporary Literature, Boston MA, May 2013
  • “Scholarship and the Textual Landscape in Post-Paranoid Academe,” College English Association, Savannah GA, April 2013

Institutes and Seminars

  • Mellon Foundation Graduate Teaching Seminar, “Writing, Memory, Disciplinarity,” Professors Stephen Arata and Chad Dodson, University of Virginia, 2014-2015
  • Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, June 2013

Awards and Honors

  • Eloise Ellery Fellowship (Vassar College, 2013-2014)
  • English Department Summer Research and Travel Grant (University of Virginia, 2013)
  • Commonwealth Fellowship (University of Virginia, 2012)
  • Deanne Beach Stoneham Prize for Poetry (Vassar College, 2010)
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship (U.S. Department of Education, 2008)