Evan Brier

Professional Title
Associate Professor of English

Evan Brier arrived at UMD in 2007, after attending graduate school in New York City and teaching for three years at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. His teaching and research interests include contemporary fiction, post-1900 American literature, the literary marketplace, and cultural history.


PhD, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2005)
BA, English, Columbia University (1995)

Courses Taught

  • English 1777: Crime and Detective Fiction
  • English 2906: Methods of Literary Study
  • English 3564: American Literature II (1865-present)
  • English 4292: Literature Into Film
  • English 4575: Studies in American Literature After 1914
  • English 4665: The American Literary Marketplace

Recent Publications

Novel Competition: American Fiction and the Cultural Economy, 1965-1999 (University of Iowa Press, 2024)

"Unliterary History: Toni Morrison, The Black Book, and 'Real Black Publishing.'" American Literature 94 (December 2022): 651-676

"Roth's Enduring Commitment." Tikkun (June 5, 2018)

The Editor as Hero: The Novel, the Media Conglomerate, and the Editorial Critique.” American Literary History 30 (Spring 2018): 85-117

“Bestsellers and the 1950s.” In American Literature in Transition: 1950-1960 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

“Dirty Realism and Working-Class Fiction.” In American Literature in Transition: 1980-1990 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

The Literary Marketplace.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature (May 2017)

"Crimes and Bestsellers: Mario Puzo’s Path to The Godfather.” In Must Read: Revisiting American Bestsellers (Continuum Press, 2012)

A Novel Marketplace: Mass Culture, the Book Trade, and Postwar American Fiction (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010)