David Kaufmann

David Kaufmann

David Kaufmann


contemporary poetry; Critical Theory; Visual art and Art History;

David Kaufmann attended Princeton and Yale Universities and has been a member of the English Department at George Mason University since 1989.  He is the author of The Business of Common Life (Johns Hopkins, UP, 1995), Telling Stories: Philip Guston's Later Works (U of California P, 2010) and Reading Uncreative Writing (Palgrave, 2017). He has also written a bunch of articles on the Frankfurt School, on contemporary poetry and art, and on literary theory. He is currently working on a book that is tentatively titled Cries of Their Occasions: An Essay on Post-Auratic Poetry. 

A frequent reviewer, he teaches a number of different courses on a number of different topics, but spends most of his time worrying about poetry, Adorno, Wittgenstein and, well, poetry. 

Selected Publications

Here are some of my latest:

Bullshit and Interest: Casing Vanessa Place

On Monuments and Malls

Seven poems in Lute & Drum 12

Reading Uncreative Writing: Conceptualism, Expression and the Lyric


Ph.D, Yale, 1989

A.B., Princeton, 1980

Dissertations Supervised

Ellen Gorman, Art is Money-Sexy!: The Corporatization of Contemporary Art (2012)