Eric Cheyfitz is Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters at Cornell University. He is the author of The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from The Tempest to Tarzan.
Cheyfitz is Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies & Humane Letters at Cornell University. He has also been professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught as well at Southern Methodist University and Georgetown University. A truly interdisciplinary scholar, he is the author of The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from "The Tempest" to "Tarzan" (Oxford, 1991 - selected as an outstanding academic book by Choice in 1991) and many essays on topics in American and Native American literature. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in creative writing from The Johns Hopkins University. Cheyfitz has received grants from numerous foundations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities.