Recent Publications




· Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel: A Postmodern Iconography. London & New York: Continuum, 2011.

· Melville, Mapping and Globalization: Literary Cartography in the American Baroque Writer. London & New York: Continuum, 2009.

· (translator) B. Westphal’s Geocriticism: Real and Fictional Spaces. New York: Palgrave, 2011.

· (editor) Geocritical Explorations: Space, Place, and Mapping in Literary and Cultural Studies. New York: Palgrave, 2012.

· (volume editor) Edgar Allan Poe. Bloom’s Classic Critical Views. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.


Selected Essays


· Mundus totus exilium est: Reflections on the Critic in Exile.” Transnational Literature 3.2 (May 2011), forthcoming.

· “Post-American Literature.” 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies 25 (Spring 2011), forthcoming.

· “I am the Mainstream Media (and So Can You!). Perspectives on Fake News: The Social Significance of ‘The Daily Show’ and “The Colbert Report’. Ed. Amarnath Amarasingham. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, forthcoming).

· “Nobody’s Home: The Spectral Existentialism of The Graveyard Book.” Neil Gaiman and Philosophy. Ed. Rachel Luria et al. (Chicago: Open Court, forthcoming).

· “The Way of the Wizarding World: Harry Potter and the Magical Bildungsroman.” Harry Potter: A Casebook. Ed. Cynthia Hallett and Peggy Huey (New York: Palgrave, forthcoming).

· Review of F. Jameson’s Valences of the Dialectic. Marx & Philosophy Review of Books (4 January 2011).

· Let Us Now Praise Famous Orcs.” Mythlore: A Journal of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and Mythopoeic Literature 111/112 (2010): 17-28.

· The Nightmare of the Unknowable, or, Poe’s Inscrutability.” Studies in Gothic Fiction 1.1 (2010): 3-12.

· “Meta-Capital: Culture and Financial Derivatives.” Cultural Logic 12.1 (2010). 

· “On Literary Cartography: Narrative as a Spatially Symbolic Act.” New American Notes Online 1.1 (Spring 2010).

· Sartre, Marcuse, and the Utopian Project Today.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 12.1 (March 2010).

· Nomadography: The ‘Early’ Deleuze and the History of Philosophy.”  Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry 5.11 (Winter 2010): 15-24.

· The Nightmare of the Unknowable, or, Poe’s Inscrutability.”  Studies in Gothic Fiction 1.1 (2010): 3–12. 

· Radical Alternatives: The Persistence of Utopia in the Postmodern.”  New Essays on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory.  Ed. Alfred Drake (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2010), 109–21. 

· Apocalypse in the Optative Mood: Galápagos, or, Starting Over.”  New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut.  Ed. David Simmons.  New York: Palgrave, 2009. 113-131.

· Whale as a Dish: Culinary Rhetoric and the Discourse of Power in Moby-Dick.”  Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in Nineteenth-Century American Literature.  Eds. Marie Drews and Monika Elbert (New York: Palgrave, 2009).

· “Reading the Original: Alienation, Writing, and Labor in ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’.”  Bloom’s Literary Themes: Alienation.  Eds. Harold Bloom and Blake Hobby (New York: Chelsea House, 2009), 1-10.

· ‘We are what we pretend to be’: Existential Angst in Vonnegut’s Mother Night.”  Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice.  2.2 (Spring 2009): 94-115.

· “The Whale in the World.”  Academic Exchange Quarterly.  12.1 (Spring 2008): 174-177.

· “Reason and Revolution Redux: Antonio Negri’s Political Descartes.”  Theory & Event.  11.2 (2008).

· “A Postmodern Iconography: Vonnegut and the American Novel.”  Reading America: New Perspectives on the American Novel.  Eds.  Elizabeth Boyle and Anne-Marie Evans.  Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008.  163-179.

· “‘Spaces that before were blank’: Truth and Narrative Form in Melville’s South Seas Cartography.”  Pacific Coast Philology.  Special issue: Transoceanic Dialogues.  42.2 (Fall 2007).  181-198.

· “The Agony of the Political.”  Postmodern Culture. 17.2 (2007).

· “‘Literature Proper’: Genre Problems in an Early American Literature Survey.”  Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice. 1.2 (2007): 123-141.

· “Anti-Ishmael: Novel Beginnings in Moby-Dick.” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory. 18.1 (Spring 2007): 1-19.

· “The Poetics of Descent: Irreversible Narrative in Poe’s ‘MS. Found in a Bottle’.”  Studies in Irreversibility: Texts and Contexts.  Ed. Benjamin Schreier.  Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2007.  83-98.

· “‘Believing in America’: The Politics of American Studies in a Postnational Era.”  The Americanist: The Warsaw Journal for the Study of the United States. XXIII (2006): 69-81.



J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2001

Ph.D., Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 1999

M.A., Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 1993

A.B., Philosophy, Duke University, 1990



Dr. Robert T. Tally Jr.




Dr. Tally is the vice-president of the Kurt Vonnegut Society.  For more information about the Society, see the website:


Prior to coming to Texas State, Dr. Tally has taught courses at High Point University, Chatham College, and the University of Pittsburgh.  He has also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives,  a New York law firm, a Chapel Hill educational publishing company, and a newspaper.  In college, he drove a bus for Duke University Transit.

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“In Melville, Mapping and Globalization: Literary Cartography in the American Baroque Writer, Robert Tally, unlike the vast majority of his predecessors, refuses the temptation to domesticate Herman Melville’s polyvalent literary excesses. Instead he goes all out to think them positively. The result is a major contribution to the New Americanist effort to reconstellate Melville’s work out of the American nationalist context where it has been mired into the global context where it has always belonged.”

— Distinguished Professor William V. Spanos, Binghamton University, New York, USA