David Kaufmann

David Kaufmann

David Kaufmann


Literature: contemporary poetry; Critical Theory; Visual art and Art History;

David Kaufmann attended Princeton and Yale Universities and has been a member of the English Department at George Mason University since 1989.  He is the author of The Business of Common Life (Johns Hopkins, UP, 1995) and Telling Stories: Philip Guston's Later Works (U of California P, 2010) as well as a number of articles on the Frankfurt School and on poetry. His book on Conceptualism-- Reading Uncreative Writing--was published by Palgrave in Fall 2017.  A frequent reviewer, he teaches a number of different courses on a number of different topics, but is most interested in poetry, Adorno, Wittgenstein and, well, poetry. 

Selected Publications

Here are some of my latest:

Bullshit and Interest: Casing Vanessa Place

On Monuments and Malls


Dissertations Supervised

Ellen Gorman, Art is Money-Sexy!: The Corporatization of Contemporary Art (2012)