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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
  • At Vassar since 1984


Research and Academic Interests

  • American Literature
  • Jewish Studies
  • Film
  • Comics
  • Music
  • American Popular Culture

Departments and Programs


  • ENGL/MEDS 281. The Comics Course