Modernist

One of the major strengths of the English Department is the number of its distinguished faculty who study, teach, and write on modernism. We have a dedicated and supportive community of professors, instructors, and graduate students who work together. William Cohen is a connoisseur of Oscar Wilde, John Auchard has done considerable work with Henry James and Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux has written on Yeats and the visual arts, on modern poetry and painting, and on digital scholarship. Richard Cross has published James Joyce, Malcolm Lowry, D. M. Thomas, and other modern writers, and Merle Collins writes on and edits Caribbean and contemporary Black British authors. Linda Kauffman and Brian Richardson have written widely on experimental literature and narrative theory; Richardson has recently published articles on Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Nabokov, and Beckett.

Several other professors' work centers on or engages with modernism. Zita Nuñes writes on the intersections of African American and Afro-Brazilian modernisms, Peter Mallios has published on Conrad, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Arnold edited and introduced Mina Loy's novel, Insel, Sheila Jelen is an expert on Hebrew and Yiddish modernism, Joshua Weiner has published on several of modernist poets. Members of our faculty also regularly work with professors of modern literature and culture in other departments including Theatre, Comparative Literature, Art History, Women's Studies, and American Studies and our own distinguished creative writing professors. Christina Walter has just been hired to further bolster our modernist faculty; she has published articles on HD and Mina Loy and is also working on Walter Pater, Michael Field, D. H. Lawrence, and T.S Eliot.

Our Faculty

Faculty Bookshelf

Emily Dickinson: A User's Guide
Wiley Blackwell ,2013
A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative
Ohio State University Press; 1 edition ,2013
The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish
The University of Chicago Press,2012
Co-Advisor ,Emily Dickinson Archive
Harvard University Press ,2012
Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates (Coauthored)
Ohio State University Press,2012
Co-Editor, with Samuel Cohen,The Legacy of David Foster Wallace
University of Iowa Press,2012
Empowerment on an Unstable Planet: From Seeds of Human Energy to a Scale of Global Change
Oxford University Press,2011
Twentieth-Century Poetry and the Visual Arts
Cambridge University Press,2011
Our Conrad: Constituting American Modernity
Stanford University Press,2010
Effacement
Flood Editions,2010
Co-Editor,Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries
University of Pennsylvania Press ,2009
Co-Editor,The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder
Harper Perennial,2009
Author,Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire
Harper Perennial ,2009
Editor,At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn
University of Chicago Press,2009
Editor ,Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby (Approaches to Teaching World Literature)
Modern Language Association of America ,2008
Co-Author,The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Volume A: Beginnings to 1800
Cengage Learning,2008
Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas
University of Minnesota Press,2008
Co-Editor,Emily Dickinson's Correspondences: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry
The University of Virginia Rotunda Press,2008
Narrative Beginnings: Theories and Practices
University of Nebraska Press,2008
Co-author,Jewish Literature And History: An Interdisciplinary Conversation (Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture)
CDL Press,2008
Co-Editor, with Mary Loeffelholz,A Companion to Emily Dickinson
Wiley-Blackwell,2008
Author,Hebrew, Gender, and Modernity: Critical Responses to Dvora Baron's Fiction
CDL Press: University Press of Maryland,2007
Intimations of Difference: Dvora Baron in the Modern Hebrew Renaissance (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, & Art)
Syracuse University Press,2006
Civilization
Flood Editions,2006
Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction
Ohio State University Press,2006
From the Book of Giants
2006
Co-Editor ,Conversations with August Wilson (Literary Conversations)
University Press of Mississippi,2005
Editor,The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library,2004
Co-Editor, with Carola Kaplan and Andrea White,Conrad in the Twenty-first Century: Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives
Routledge,2004
Contributor,Four Trials
Simon & Schuster,2004
Co-Editor ,F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Perspectives
University of Georgia Press,2003
Editor,The Portable Henry James
Penguin Classics,2003
Co-Editor,Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F.Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC,2003
Editor,Victory, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library,2003
Yeats and the Visual Arts
Syracuse University Press,2003
Editor,Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library,2002
Editor,Narrative Dynamics: Essays on Time, Plot, Closure, and Frames
Ohio State University Press,2002
Co-editor, with Neil Fraistat,Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print
University of Wisconsin Press,2001
Editor,Under Western Eyes
Modern Library Classics,2001
The World's Room
University of Chicago Press,2001
The Reef
University of Chicago Press,1999
Co-editor, with Ellen Louise Hart,Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson
Paris Press,1998
Unlikely Stories: Causality and the Nature of Modern Narrative
University of Delaware Press,1997
Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the Biographical Act
University of North Carolina Press,1996
Editor,New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Neglected Stories
University of Missouri ,1996
Editor,Italian Hours
Pennsylvania State Univ Press,1990
Silence in Henry James: The Heritage of Symbolism and Decadence
Pennsylvania State Univ Press,1986
Malcolm Lowry: A Preface to His Fiction
University of Chicago Press,1979
Flaubert and Joyce: The Rite of Fiction
Princeton University Press,1971

News

November 21, 2014
Joshua Weiner was invited by the Academy of American Poets and the U.S. National Archives to write a poem in response to an object in the their online archive. Keep reading to learn more.
November 21, 2014
Nabila Hijazi, and Douglass Kern will present at the 2014 NCTE Annual Convention about Digital and Media Literacies this weekend.
November 20, 2014
Lecturer Caleb Kriesberg's essay, "What if Parson Weems is My Hero? Engaging American History Students in a Multicultural Classroom" was printed as part of the proceedings of a conference he attended last March, sponsored by the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. The conference was titled: "The Image of the Hero in Literature, Media, and Society," at which Caleb presented and lead discussions on his paper. Caleb learned about the conference from a flyer posted in Tawes Hall.
November 20, 2014
Lyra Hilliard and three undergraduate Teaching Assistants, Emily McDermott, Robbie Tully, and Sayema Tareq, will present at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) on Friday. Keep reading to learn more.
November 20, 2014
Mark Fitzgerald's poems, “Big-Rig through Stolen Night," “Millennium Retribution in Key West," and “Before and After” will appear in Scratching Against the Fabric, an anthology of poems from the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival. Mark has been selected to read and discuss some of his new work at Bridgewater College in January.
November 20, 2014
Rebecca J. Ritzel (PWP) attended the American Theatre Critics Association's New York meeting in early November and gave a presentation on the intersection of theater and social media during a session called, "Are You Trending?" Other events at the conference included a panel of prominent playwrights (Doug Wright, David Henry Hwang and Arthur Kopit) and a session on Broadway touring featuring several producers. Rebecca teaches Writing for the Arts and is The Washington Post's theater columnist.
November 19, 2014
Brian Richardson will give two invited talks on narrative theory in December at the University of Antwerp and the University of Leuven in Belgium. His paper on the ethics of reading was published in the last issue of Style; an article on the future of narrative theory appears in the inaugural issue of Frontiers of Narrative Studies (China); “The Use and Abuse of Reading in Lolita” is scheduled for the next issue of Nabokov Studies; and “Conrad in South America” is being published in Joseph Conrad Today.
November 18, 2014
On November 6, Cameron presented a paper called "More than a Feeling: Emotion in Cognitive Rhetoric," co-written with Professor Michael Israel, at the 12th Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language Conference, in Santa Barbara, California. The paper, which is theoretically anchored in the idea of emotional enthymeme from Aristotelian rhetorical theory and the idea of frame metonymy from frame semantics and conceptual integration theory, called for more attention to the ways emotional appeals work in persuasive discourse. Cameron and Michael looked at animal rights activist fundraising mail and bumper stickers to show that strong emotions tend to arise where salient metonymic cues within a text prompt inferences that complete emotion-laden frames. Through their analysis, they highlight of the close-knit relationship between inferential reasoning and emotion arousal.
November 18, 2014
David Wyatt recently spoke about this new book, When America Turned: Reckoning with 1968, at the University of Scranton and at the Kelly Writer's House at the University of Pennsylvania.
November 18, 2014
Great news! The department of English has received Bronze Certification in our efforts to become a Green Office. The Main English Office, represented by Isabella Moulton, the Writing Center, represented by Louise Clement, and The Professional Writing Program, represented by Grace Crussiah, have all received certification.

Resources

This list of useful resources for Modernists was assembled by Professor Brian Richardson and PhD Candidate Jennifer Wellman.  

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