David Mikics is John and Rebecca Moores Distinguished professor in the English department and in the Honors College. He teaches and writes about poetry, intellectual history, and contemporary literature. Mikics won the University Teaching Excellence Award in 2001 and teaches often in The Human Situation. He has written essays on subjects ranging from Shakespeare, Freud, and the movies to contemporary fiction. His edition of The Annotated Emerson will appear in 2012 from Harvard, and he is currently writing Lost in a Book: How to Recover the Pleasures of Reading, also for Harvard. He reviews for the New Republic's book blog, The Book, and is on the council of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers (ALSCW).
He is the author of A New Handbook of Literary Terms (Yale UP, 2007), The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche (Ohio UP), The Limits of Moralizing in Spenser and Milton (Bucknell UP), Who Was Jacques Derrida? An Intellectual Biography (Yale UP), and, with Stephen Burt, The Art of the Sonnet (Harvard UP, 2010). (B.A., New York University, Ph.D., Yale University)