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Faculty Profile
Walkowitz 2017

Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Professor of English

Murray Hall | Room 117
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (848) 932-7674

Office Hours: By appointment.

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Professor Walkowitz writes and teaches courses about modernism, twentieth-century British fiction, the contemporary anglophone novel, translation, world literature, and transnational approaches to literary history. Her current research focuses on the concept of the anglophone and the representation of world languages in contemporary writing. She was President of the Modernist Studies Association in 2014-2015, served as a faculty member at the Institute for World Literature in June 2016, and was Visiting Hurst Professor at Washington University in St. Louis in March 2017.  Recent and upcoming keynote lectures include a series on “Comparative World Literature” at Kenyon College in April 2017; a symposium on comparative European literary histories at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in June 2017; the Wolfgang Iser Lecture at the University of Konstanz in July 2017; a conference on “The Idea of Prose Style” in Sydney, Australia in December 2017; and lectures at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan in May 2018.

She is the author of Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature (2015) and Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation (2006), both published by Columbia University Press. Born Translated received Honorable Mention for the first annual Matei Calinescu Prize from the MLA and has been reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, World Literature Today, and Public Books, as well as academic journals. Parts of the book have been translated into Danish and Hungarian. In this project, Walkowitz considers how the idea of world literature, as a network of multilingual editions and audiences, has changed the aesthetic strategies and formal properties of contemporary writing. Born Translated recasts literary history as a series of convergences and divergences and builds a much-needed framework for reading translation’s effects on fictional works. Walkowitz is also editor or coeditor of several other books, including Bad Modernisms (2006, with Douglas Mao), Immigrant Fictions (2007), and The Turn to Ethics (2000, with Marjorie Garber and Beatrice Hanssen). Cosmopolitan Style was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2008 Perkins Prize from the International Society for the Study of Narrative.

Walkowitz has recently published A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism, a volume of essays she co-edited with Eric Hayot for the Modernist Latitudes series at Columbia University Press. A New Vocabulary presents essays by leading scholars in the fields of world literature and modernist studies. These essays show how the intellectual paradigms we’ve long associated with modernism are transformed, and how new paradigms emerge, when modernism’s archive extends beyond the European center.

She is coeditor and cofounder, with Matthew Hart and David James, of Literature Now, a book series published by Columbia University Press.  She has served as an editor of the journal Contemporary Literature (2008-2012), as Program Chair of the Modernist Studies Association (2008-2011), as Publications Chair of the American Comparative Literature Association (2009-2012), and as Chair of the MLA Divisions on Prose Fiction and Twentieth-Century English Literature (2013 and 2007). At Rutgers, she directs the Modernism & Globalization Research Group.  She is also organizer and founder, with Sarah Cole of Columbia University, of the NYNJ Modernism Seminar.

Walkowitz teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the twentieth-century British and world Anglophone novel; the post-1945 British novel from Lamming to Sebald; Joyce’s Ulysses and its legacies; contemporary fiction and translation; and the history and future of reading.  Since 2000, Walkowitz has supervised 18 Ph.D. dissertations. Recent placements include tenure-track jobs at the Borough of Manhattan Community College at CUNY, Duke University, the University of Toronto, UC-Berkeley, and Wellesley College.

Walkowitz is the recipient of several major national and university fellowships, including a Marshall Scholarship, a Javits Fellowship, an ACLS Fellowship, the Hurford Family Fellowship at the National Humanities Center, and the Walter Jackson Bate Fellowship in World Literature at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.  She received three teaching prizes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Harvard University
M. Phil., University of Sussex
AB, Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges

Twentieth- and twenty-first-century literatures in English, especially the British novel, modernist fiction and prose, the contemporary Anglophone novel, and the novel in translation; other interests include the theory of the novel; world literature; translation studies; cosmopolitanism; and theories of reading.

Other Departmental and University Positions

Director, Modernism and Globalization Research Group.


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Other Publications
Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
  • Critical and Uncritical Reading: Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Vernacular Fictions: Joyce and After
  • Violence and Creativity: Introduction to the Contemporary British Novel
  • What is Sophistication?
  • Modernism, Translation, and the New World Literature
  • The Post-War British Novel from Lamming to Sebald
  • The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature
Awards and Distinctions Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Honorable Mention, George and Barbara Perkins Prize for most significant book in narrative studies, awarded to Cosmopolitan Style, 2008
  • Elected to Advisory Board, American Comparative Literature Association, 2008
  • Elected as Program Chair, Modernist Studies Association, 2008
  • Vilas Associate Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • Phillip R. Certain Distinguished Faculty Award for most distinguished faculty member to receive tenure in the College of Letters & Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Modernist Studies Association
  • Narrative Society
  • Modern Language Association
  • Graduate Advisory Board, The Harvard Crimson
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