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

Elizabeth Arnold
Professor
John Auchard
Professor
Jackson Bryer
Emeritus Professor
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Charles Caramello
Professor
Dean, Graduate School
Richard Cross
Emeritus Professor
Sheila Jelen
Associate Professor
Director, Comparative Literature
Lee Konstantinou
Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux
Emeritus Professor
Peter Mallios
Associate Professor
Zita Nunes
Associate Professor
Brian Richardson
Professor
Martha Nell Smith
Professor
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, ADVANCE Fellow; Chair, University Senate (2012-2013)
Christina Walter
Associate Professor
Joshua Weiner
Professor

Faculty Bookshelf

Book Image Professor Elizabeth Arnold
Life
2014
Book Image Professor Martha Nell Smith
Emily Dickinson: A User's Guide
Wiley Blackwell , 2014
Book Image Professor Brian Richardson
A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative
Ohio State University Press; 1 edition , 2013
Book Image Professor Martha Nell Smith
Co-Advisor , Emily Dickinson Archive
Harvard University Press , 2013
Book Image Professor Joshua Weiner
The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish
The University of Chicago Press, 2013
Book Image Assistant Professor Lee Konstantinou
Co-Editor, with Samuel Cohen, The Legacy of David Foster Wallace
University of Iowa Press, 2012
Book Image Professor Brian Richardson
Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates (Coauthored)
Ohio State University Press, 2012
Book Image Visiting Assistant Professor Jesse Oak Taylor
Empowerment on an Unstable Planet: From Seeds of Human Energy to a Scale of Global Change
Oxford University Press, 2011
Book Image Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux
Twentieth-Century Poetry and the Visual Arts
Cambridge University Press, 2011
Book Image Associate Professor Peter Mallios
Our Conrad: Constituting American Modernity
Stanford University Press, 2010
Book Image Professor Elizabeth Arnold
Effacement
Flood Editions, 2010
Book Image Associate Professor Sheila Jelen
Co-Editor, Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries
University of Pennsylvania Press , 2010
Book Image Emeritus Professor Jackson Bryer
Co-Editor, The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder
Harper Perennial, 2009
Book Image Assistant Professor Lee Konstantinou
Author, Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire
Harper Perennial , 2009
Book Image Professor Joshua Weiner
Editor, At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn
University of Chicago Press, 2009
Book Image Emeritus Professor Jackson Bryer
Editor , Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby (Approaches to Teaching World Literature)
Modern Language Association of America , 2009
Book Image Emeritus Professor Jackson Bryer
Co-Author, The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Volume A: Beginnings to 1800
Cengage Learning, 2008
Book Image Associate Professor Zita Nunes
Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas
University of Minnesota Press, 2008
Book Image Professor Martha Nell Smith
Co-Editor, Emily Dickinson's Correspondences: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry
The University of Virginia Rotunda Press, 2008
Book Image Professor Brian Richardson
Narrative Beginnings: Theories and Practices
University of Nebraska Press, 2008
Book Image Associate Professor Sheila Jelen
Co-author, Jewish Literature And History: An Interdisciplinary Conversation (Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture)
CDL Press, 2008
Book Image Professor Martha Nell Smith
Co-Editor, with Mary Loeffelholz, A Companion to Emily Dickinson
Wiley-Blackwell, 2008
Book Image Associate Professor Sheila Jelen
Author, Hebrew, Gender, and Modernity: Critical Responses to Dvora Baron's Fiction
CDL Press: University Press of Maryland, 2007
Book Image Associate Professor Sheila Jelen
Intimations of Difference: Dvora Baron in the Modern Hebrew Renaissance (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, & Art)
Syracuse University Press, 2007
Book Image Professor Elizabeth Arnold
Civilization
Flood Editions, 2006
Book Image Professor Brian Richardson
Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction
Ohio State University Press, 2006
Book Image Professor Joshua Weiner
From the Book of Giants
2006
Book Image Emeritus Professor Jackson Bryer
Co-Editor , Conversations with August Wilson (Literary Conversations)
University Press of Mississippi, 2006
Book Image Associate Professor Peter Mallios
Editor, The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library, 2004
Book Image Associate Professor Peter Mallios
Co-Editor, with Carola Kaplan and Andrea White, Conrad in the Twenty-first Century: Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives
Routledge, 2004
Book Image Professor John Auchard
Contributor, Four Trials
Simon & Schuster, 2004
Book Image Emeritus Professor Jackson Bryer
Co-Editor , F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Perspectives
University of Georgia Press, 2004
Book Image Professor John Auchard
Editor, The Portable Henry James
Penguin Classics, 2003
Book Image Emeritus Professor Jackson Bryer
Co-Editor, Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F.Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2003
Book Image Associate Professor Peter Mallios
Editor, Victory, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library, 2003
Book Image Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux
Yeats and the Visual Arts
Syracuse University Press, 2003
Book Image Associate Professor Peter Mallios
Editor, Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library, 2002
Book Image Professor Brian Richardson
Editor, Narrative Dynamics: Essays on Time, Plot, Closure, and Frames
Ohio State University Press, 2002
Book Image Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux
Co-editor, with Neil Fraistat, Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print
University of Wisconsin Press, 2002
Book Image Associate Professor Peter Mallios
Editor, Under Western Eyes
Modern Library Classics, 2001
Book Image Professor Joshua Weiner
The World's Room
University of Chicago Press, 2001
Book Image Professor Elizabeth Arnold
The Reef
University of Chicago Press, 1999
Book Image Professor Martha Nell Smith
Co-editor, with Ellen Louise Hart, Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson
Paris Press, 1998
Book Image Professor Brian Richardson
Unlikely Stories: Causality and the Nature of Modern Narrative
University of Delaware Press, 1997
Book Image Professor Charles Caramello
Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the Biographical Act
University of North Carolina Press, 1996
Book Image Emeritus Professor Jackson Bryer
Editor, New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Neglected Stories
University of Missouri , 1996
Book Image Professor John Auchard
Editor, Italian Hours
Pennsylvania State Univ Press, 1991
Book Image Professor John Auchard
Silence in Henry James: The Heritage of Symbolism and Decadence
Pennsylvania State Univ Press, 1986
Book Image Emeritus Professor Richard Cross
Malcolm Lowry: A Preface to His Fiction
University of Chicago Press, 1980
Book Image Emeritus Professor Richard Cross
Flaubert and Joyce: The Rite of Fiction
Princeton University Press, 1971

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News

August 20, 2014
Congratulations to the following faculty members on their promotions to the rank of Senior Lecturer.
August 19, 2014
Matthew Kirschenbaum served on the faculty of the Rare Book School in Charlottesville for the fifth consecutive year this summer. Keep reading to learn more.
August 19, 2014
In late May Brian Richardson gave a presentation on “We” and “They” narration at a conference on Social Minds at the University of Freiburg in Germany. In June he spoke on “Representing Unnatural Minds” at the Narrative Matters Conference at the University of Paris-Diderot; in July he participated in a workshop on lists in literature and delivered a paper on “The Poetics of Lists and the Boundaries of Narratives” at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Keep reading to learn more.
August 19, 2014
Since the spring, Jonathan, who teaches business writing at the University, has had articles published in PR Week, GovernmentCIO Magazine, and CMO.com.
August 19, 2014
Joshua Weiner's essay on Irish poet, Seamus Heaney, appeared in a special issue of Poetry Ireland Review devoted to him. A piece on conceptual artist, Sophia LeFraga, appeared on Jacket2. Weiner's translation from the German of a poem by contemporary Berlin poet, Jan Wagner, appeared in The New Republic (August 4).
August 19, 2014
Peter Mallios’s essay “Tragic Constitution: United States Democracy and Its Discontents” will be appearing in PMLA in October 2014, in a special issue on tragedy. His chapter “Conrad and Reception” is also forthcoming in The New Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (Nov. 2014); shorter and longer versions of his review-essay concerning the Cambridge edition of The Reviews of Joseph Conrad have recently appeared in The Conradian and The Conradian Reviews Online. His note “’The Most Powerful Private Citizen in America’: H. L. Mencken, J. P. Morgam, and John Dos Passos” appeared in Notes and Queries.
August 14, 2014
Alumna Deborah Bailin now has a position with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Keep reading to learn more.
August 14, 2014
Michael Olmert lectured on "Materialism, Egyptology, 'Ozymandias,' and 'Breaking Bad'" at the University Relations Summit, August 7, 2014.
August 14, 2014
Amanda Visconti received the Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowship from the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), an opportunity that supports advanced graduate students whose dissertation includes innovative research agendas involving any substantive intersection between new media or new technology and the humanities. Her work involves designing, coding, and user-testing a participatory digital edition of James Joyce's Ulysses; you can follow her progress at LiteratureGeek.com. Amanda will be in residence at MITH for the 2014-2015 academic year and presenting a Digital Dialogue talk on her work in Spring 2015.
August 14, 2014
Vin Carretta spent most of the summer teaching two courses in the American Studies Department at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where he also gave a public lecture in June entitled “Race, Religion, and Rights in the Age of Revolution: The Case of Phillis Wheatley” as part of the “Workshop: Race, Religion, and Religion.”

Resources

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

Sample Exam Lists