Brian Gingrich

Brian Gingrich is a Lecturer in the Department of English. He specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American, British, and European literature, with particular focus on narrative, aesthetic theory, modernism, cinema, and the history of the novel. He received his M.A. in German Studies from Stanford University in 2011 and his Ph.D. in English from Princeton in 2018.

Gingrich’s first book project, The Pace of Fiction, is a literary-historical account of what we refer to as narrative “pace.” The study traces transformations in the pacing of prose fiction from the rise of the novel through realism and modernism—from Fielding, Goethe, and Austen to Flaubert, Henry James, and Joyce—and reveals how those transformations express the significance of pace in modernity.

As a companion to The Pace of Fiction, Gingrich is also developing a series of essays on narrative movement in modernism. In response to the longstanding suspicion that modern literature tends toward the static, the spatial, or the predominantly thematic, these essays seek to uncover the logic that binds the thematization of movement in individual modernist narratives to the paces of the narratives themselves.

Gingrich has received teaching awards from both the Princeton Graduate School (2016) and the Department of English (2015), and he worked for many years as a fellow at the Princeton Writing Center. He has taught a wide range of subjects, including Shakespeare, Faust, realism, modernism, children’s literature, American cinema, and the contemporary novel. With Professor Lee Mitchell, he has created courses on crime fiction and film noir and on the short story.

Gingrich has presented work on Balzac, Hawthorne, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, John George Brown, Henry James, Guy de Maupassant, Stephen Crane, Charles Chesnutt, Willa Cather, and the Coen brothers. His publications include:

“Willa Cather’s Naiveté,” forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Literature, vol. 66, no. 1 (2020)

“Pace and Epiphany,” New Literary History, vol. 49, no. 3 (2018)

American Women’s Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age, by Dara Downey” [Review], Women’s Studies, vol. 46, no. 8 (2017)

“Monument, Mountain, Root: Figures of Translation, from Romeo to Julia,” in Interlinguicity, Internationality, and Shakespeare, ed. Michael Saenger (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2014)