Caleb Smith is professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. He writes about American literature and culture, with special attention to cultural histories of discipline, violence, and conflicts over justice. Smith’s books include The Prison and the American Imagination (Yale University Press, 2009); The Oracle and the Curse (Harvard University Press, 2013); and the first published edition Austin Reed’s 1858 prison memoir, The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict (Random House, 2016).
Smith has written about contemporary media and the arts for Avidly, Bomb Magazine, The Immanent Frame, Paper Monument, Yale Review, and other venues. He is a contributing editor at Los Angeles Review of Books and a co-editor of No Crisis, a special series on the state of criticism in the twenty-first century.
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