Peter Antelyes

Associate Professor of English

Primary areas of interest: American literature, Jewish studies, film, comics, music, and other forms of popular culture. Mr. Antelyes received his undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College (1974) and his PhD in English from Columbia University (1986). He has written on the literature of the West (Adventurous Enterprise: Washington Irving and the Poetics of Western Expansion), Jewish and African-American singers, Jewish women in vaudeville, Irish-American popular song, and Jewish Indians, among other topics.

BA, Sarah Lawrence College; MA, PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York
At Vassar since 1984


Eleanor Butler Sanders Hall
Box 303
Mondays 1:30-3:00 and by appt.

Research and Academic Interests

American Literature
Jewish Studies
American Popular Culture

Departments and Programs


ENGL 328 Literature of the American Renaissance
JWST 350 Confronting Modernity

In the Media

President Elizabeth Bradley said she was pleased that the Vassar community was finally able to gather together again … in person!

One of Vassar’s oldest traditions—gathering together for Convocation—resumed for the first time in 747 days on September 22. On a beautiful fall day on Commencement Hill, the campus community celebrated the start of the fall semester. President Elizabeth Bradley’s summed up the occasion succinctly: “I’m so thrilled to be with all of you—on campus, together, at last!”

Exploring a range of comic forms—from 19th-century drawings by artistic pioneers to today’s engaging graphic novels and web comics—Associate Professor of English Peter Antelyes surveys the history of comic art and even encourages students to try their hand.
Vassar Quarterly, Spring/Summer 2015