John Krafft

Associate Professor Emeritus

Retired, 2017.


  • Ph.D., English, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.A., English, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A., English, Miami University

Teaching Interests

  • American fiction after 1945
  • Historical novels
  • Gothic fiction

Research Interests

  • Thomas Pynchon

Selected Publications

  • Biographical note. The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon. Ed. Inger H. Dalsgaard, Luc Herman and Brian McHale. New York: Cambridge UP, 2012. 9–16.
  • Founding co-editor of Pynchon Notes, and the journal’s bibliographer (1979–2009).
  • (With Luc Herman) "Monkey Business: The Chapter 'Millennium' Removed from an Early Version of V." Dream Tonight of Peacock Tails: Essays on the Fiftieth Anniversary of Thomas Pynchon's V. Ed. Paolo Simonetti and Umberto Rossi. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2015. 13–30.
  • (With Luc Herman) “Pynchon, Thomas.” The Encyclopedia of Twentieth–Century Fiction, Vol. II: Twentieth-Century American Fiction. Ed. Patrick O’Donnell et al. Chichester: Wiley–Blackwell, 2011. 785–88.
  • (With Luc Herman) “Race in Early Pynchon: Rewriting Sphere in V.” Critique 52.1 (2011): 17–29.
  • (With Luc Herman and Sharon B. Krafft) “Missing Link: The V. Galleys at the Morgan Library and the Harry Ransom Center.” Variants 7 (2008 [2010]): 139–57.
  • (With Luc Herman) “Fast Learner: The Typescript of Pynchon’s V. at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 49.1 (2007): 1–20.
  • (With Luc Herman) “From the Ground Up: The Evolution of the South–West Africa Chapter in Pynchon’s V.” Contemporary Literature 47.2 (2006): 261-88.

Grants and Awards

  • 2012–13, 2013–14: Fulbright Lecturer, Visiting Professor, Catholic University of Lublin
  • 2011: Guest Scholar, University of Köln
  • 2011: Visiting Professor, Miami University Dolibois European Center, Differdange, Luxembourg
  • 2002: Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Köln