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Dr. Abigail  Cheever
Dr. Abigail Cheever
Associate Professor of English

Dr. Cheever’s research focuses on the film and literature of the United States from the years immediately following World War II to the end of the twentieth century. Her first book, Real Phonies: Cultures of Authenticity in Post World War II America examined the twinned phenomena of phoniness and personal authenticity in American culture.  Her current book project focuses on the concept of professionalization in Hollywood film from the 1940s and 1950s to the present.

Dr. Cheever primarily teaches courses in film studies and post-1945 American literatures. Frequently taught courses include: the Introduction to Film Studies; Conspiracy Film from the Cold War and After; Film Melodrama and the Women’s Movement 1940 – 1990; the Films of Alfred Hitchcock; Postwar American Film and Fiction; and Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Genre of Film Noir, among others.


Real Phonies: Cultures of Authenticity in Post World War II America. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 2010.


“‘The Man He Almost Is’: Jerry Maguire and Judith Butler.” Arizona Quarterly, 62.4 (Winter 2006).

Cheever, A. (2000) Prozac Americans: Depression, Identity, and Selfhood. Twentieth Century Literature, vol. 46, no. 3, 346-368.


Cheever, A. "The Limitations of Authenticity." in The Romance of Authenticity: The Cultural Politics of Regional and Ethnic Literatures. Ed. Jeff Karem. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2004.

Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University
A.B., Harvard University
Contact Information
344 Humanities Building
(804) 289-8297
(804) 289-8313 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Post World War II American novels and films
Contemporary American literature and culture
Hollywood Film