• Undergraduate

Kevin Hart

Faculty Member in Literature

Email: kevin.hart@fulbright.edu.vn 

Fields of Interest: Literary Modernism and the Twentieth-Century Novel; Comparative Literature; Cultural Studies; Victorian Studies; Narrative Theory; Translation Theory   

Education: Ph.D. 2018, University of California, San Diego, USA 


Dr. Kevin Hart’s research centers on twentieth-century and contemporary fiction in its engagements with theories in the social sciences.  He has written on the literary reception of theories of criminology, urban and poverty studies, lexicography, language standardization, and speech act theory, as well as modernist architectural theory and Jungian psychoanalytic theory.  He also studies the process of auto-translation in authors writing in more than one language, such as Samuel Beckett and Vladimir Nabokov.  He teaches courses on rhetoric and the history of the humanities, critical theory in literary studies, ancient and modern forms of comedy in literature, popular genre fiction (science fiction, detective fiction), and modernist and postmodernist literature. 

Before joining Fulbright, he held a position as a visiting lecturer at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City.  Before his career in academia, he was a mental health social worker in Seattle, WA.   


  • Global Humanities and Social Change 
  • Foundations in Literary Studies 
  • Text, Body, Technology: Individualism in Science Fiction 
  • Critical Methods in Literary Studies 
  • Comedy, Ancient and Modern 

Select Publications:  

“Speaking the Unknowable: Speech Acts and Epistemology in Sophocles’ Antigone.” Zzz Review (November 2021). 

“‘Nondescript Specimens’: Herbert Spencer’s Social Theory in Ulysses.” James Joyce Quarterly 57, no. 3-4 (2020): 319–35. 

“Graham Greene’s Aesthetics of Design, Sport, and Violence.”  Journal of Studies in the English Language 13, no. 2 (2018), 28-66. 

“Bakhtin, Dialogism, and a Literary Studies Approach to EFL,” Proceedings of The International Conference on English Language Speaking (Ho Chi Minh City: USSH Press, 2018), 110-118.    

“Words Fail Us: Beckett, Leacock, and Johnson.”  Irish Studies Review 26, no. 4 (2018), 510-530.