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Sol Neely

Associate Professor of English 
Arts and Sciences - Humanities


796-6406 (Fax)

Soboleff Bldg 208, Juneau Campus



PhD, Purdue University

  • Philosophy & Literature Interdisciplinary Program, May 2009
  • Completed Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory “With Distinction” (2007)
  • Dissertation: Revolutionizing Maieutics: Literary, Philosophical, and Political Pedagogies in a Time of Disaster | Advisor: Sandor Goodhart

Master of Arts in English, University of Alaska Anchorage, May 2004

  • Sigma Tau Delta

Bachelor of Arts in English & Philosophy

  • University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska, May 2002.
  • California State University at Bakersfield, attending through National Student Exchange program, August 2000-June 2001.
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Areas of Specialization

  • Theory and Cultural Studies (trauma studies, redemptive critical theory, Marxist literary criticism, postcolonial studies, reading after the holocaust)
  • Critical Indigenous Studies
  • Pedagogy and Composition Theory
  • Literary criticism with special emphasis on philosophical approaches (e.g. phenomenology, existentialism, poststructuralism)
  • Ethics and postsecularism
  • Native American literature


Articles & Chapters

  • “Midrash and Social Justice.” New Directions in Jewish American and Holocaust Literatures: Reading and Teaching (SUNY series in Contemporary Jewish Literature and Culture). Ed. Victoria Aarons and Holli Levitsky. SUNY Press, 2019.
  • “Toward a Critical Theory of Laughter.” Comedy Begins With Our Simplest Gestures: Levinas, Ethics, and Humor. Ed. Brian Bergen-Aurant. Duquesne University Press, May 2017.
  • “On Becoming Human in Lingít Aaní: Encountering Levinas Through Indigenous Inspirations,” Environmental Philosophy, Spring 2016.
  • “Ruined Abjection and Allegory in Deadgirl.” Screen Bodies (Vol. 1, Issue 2), 2016.
  • “Hermeneutics and the Vocative Structure of the Divine.” Analecta Husserliana: Phenomenology and Existentialism in the Twentieth Century. London: Springer. June, 2010. 151-170.
  • “Mapping the Current Critical Landscape.” Keynote chapter of the Continuum Handbook on Medieval British Literature. Continuum Press. August 25, 2009.

Manuscript In Preparation

  • Prophetic Pedagogies: Mimetic Theory, Scandal, and Justice in a Time of Disaster. Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture Series. Michigan State University Press.

Curriculum Vitae:

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