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Meet the Faculty

Photo of Frank G. Novak Jr.

Frank G. Novak Jr.

Professor of English

Division: Humanities/Teacher Education Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 308
Phone: (310) 506-4427
E-mail: frank.novak@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee
  • M.A., University of Tennessee
  • B.A., Harding College


  • Great Books I-IV
  • American Literature
  • Modern European Literature

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award in the Humanities (1990).
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in American Literature (University of Maribor, Slovenia, 1994).
  • Visiting Professor (Pepperdine University International Programs, Florence 2005-06.

Academic Interests:

  • Herman Melville
  • Lewis Mumford and his Circle
  • The American Novel
  • Thomas Mann

Selected Works:

  • "In Old Friendship": The Correspondence of Lewis Mumford and Henry A. Murray, 1928-1981 (Syracuse University Press, 2007).
  • Lewis Mumford and Patrick Geddes: The Correspondence (London and New York: Routledge, 1995).
  • The Autobiographical Writings of Lewis Mumford: A Study in Literary Audacity (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1988).
  • The Satanic Personality in Updike's Roger's Version, Christianity and Literature 55 (Fall 2005): 3-26.
  • The Kraken in the Computer, Studies in the Novel 37 (Spring 2005): 82-96.
  • Lewis Mumford and the Reclamation of Human History, Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History 16 (Winter 1987): 159-181.
  • Crisis and Discovery in The Professor's House," Colby Library Quarterly 22 (June 1986): 119-132.
  • The Dialectics of Debasement in The Magus, Modern Fiction Studies 31 (Spring 1985): 73-82.
  • 'Warmest Climes but Nurse the Cruellest Fangs': The Metaphysics of Beauty and Terror in Moby-Dick, Studies in the Novel 15 (Winter 1983): 332-343. Reprinted in Harold Bloom, ed., Modern Critical Interpretations: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (New York: Chelsea House, 1986): 119-130.