James A. Schiff

Contact Information

James Schiff
Position Professor
Office Location McMicken Hall Room 229C 
Email james.schiff@uc.edu
Phone (513) 556-0930
Fax (513) 556-5960
Mail Location 0069



Professional Summary

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Jim Schiff received his B.A. from Duke University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. He is the author or editor of five books on contemporary American fiction, including John Updike Revisited, Understanding Reynolds Price, Updike's Version: Rewriting The Scarlet Letter, and Updike in Cincinnati. He was named by the John H. Updike Literary Trust to edit a volume of Updike's letters, which will be published in 2021 or after. His work has appeared in American Literature, Critique, Missouri Review, Southern Review, South Atlantic Review, Studies in American Fiction, Tin House, and elsewhere. He reviews books for newspapers, magazines and journals, and serves as the editor of the John Updike Review as well as a consulting editor of Critique and Philip Roth Studies. He has served on various boards, including the Duke University Trinity Board of Visitors, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, The Seven Hills School, the Community Learning Center Institute (CLCI), WCET-TV, and the Mercantile Library.


Updike in Cincinnati: A Literary Performace

Updike in Cincinnat: A Literary Performance (Ohio University Press, 2007)

John Updike Revisited

John Updike Revisited (Twayne, 1998)

Updike's Version: Rewriting The Scarlett Letter

Updike's Version: Rewriting "The Scarlett Letter" (University of Missouri Press, 1992)

Understanding Reynolds Price

Understanding Reynolds Price (University of South Carolina Press, 1996)

  • Books reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, American Literature, Booklist, The Southern Review, Mississippi Review, Critique, American Literary Scholarship, Modern Fiction Studies, Duke Magazine, Spectator Magazine, Christianity & Literature, Choice, North Carolina Libraries, American Studies International, and elsewhere.