Daniel Worden

Daniel Worden is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His book, Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism, is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, and his work on U.S. fiction, comics, and television has appeared in Arizona Quarterly, Canadian Review of American Studies, Modern Fiction Studies, and Southern Literary Journal, as well as the anthologies Violence, the Arts, and Willa Cather (2007) and The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking (2010).

Essays by this author

Free Market Formalism: Reading Economics as Fiction


“What would a history of postwar U.S. literature look like that did not take society as its major organizing principle?” Daniel Worden reviews Michael Clune’s American Literature and the Free Market, 1945-2000, which traces the emergence of the “economic fiction,” in which the market is neither a mystified form of social relations nor an expression of individual values, but a virtual economy that structures experience.

HBO's Deadwood and Serial Necessity: A Response to Sean O'Sullivan's "Reconnoitering the Rim: Thoughts on Deadwood and Third Seasons"


Daniel Worden’s riposte to Sean O’Sullivan’s piece on Deadwood argues that O’Sullivan’s “formalist account does not acknowledge… Deadwood’s connection to a kind of historical necessity that governs not just the show’s characters but also the very structure of the show as a historical drama about the West on late twentieth-century cable.”