Liberal Arts, Language and Literature, Modernism
Born in Seattle, Dr. Gaffney received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in comparative literature and literary theory.
He has taught courses in American literature, French and Italian language, and English composition at University of Pennsylvania and the Université de Paris X-Nanterre, and he has worked as art director at Leo Burnett advertising agency in Prague. His interests include avant-garde art and literature, psychoanalysis, and experimental cinema, and he is editing a collection of essays on philosopher Gilles Deleuze.
Dr. Gaffney joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2006.