Learn More About David Yaffe

David Yaffe is a professor of humanities at Syracuse University.  He is the author of Fascinating Rhythm: Reading Jazz in American Writing (Princeton, 2006) and Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown (Yale, 2011).   His most recent book, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, has just been published by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar Straus & Giroux.  His writings have appeared in many publications, including The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Slate, The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Bookforum, and The New York Review of Books.  He has also taught at Sarah Lawrence College and Claremont McKenna College.  In 2012, he won the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism.

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Research and Teaching Interests:

  • 20th and 21st century American fiction and poetry; music criticism; creative nonfiction; biography and autobiography; the book review; the essay.
  • 20th and 21st century American fiction and poetry; interdisciplinary studies, especially the intersections of music and literature; creative nonfiction; biography and autobiography; the book review; the essay; public intellectuals; jazz and rock criticism.
David Yaffe

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