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Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Associate Professor of English

Murray Hall | Room 117
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (849) 932-7910

Office Hours: On Leave Academic Year 2013-2014

Professor Walkowitz has published widely in the fields of modernist studies, twentieth-century British literature, the contemporary novel, and world literature. Her research focuses on the intersections between cosmopolitan aspirations and modernist aesthetics, and on transnational approaches to literary history. Walkowitz’s first book, Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism beyond the Nation (2006), was awarded Honorable Mention for the best book in narrative studies from the International Society for the Study of Narrative. She 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).  Her current work involves two books.  She is completing “Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature,” which will be published by Columbia University Press. She is also editing, with Eric Hayot, a collection of experimental essays by leading scholars, tentatively titled “Global Modernism: Towards a New Lexicon." With Matthew Hart (Columbia University) and David James (Queen Mark, University of London), Walkowitz co-edits “Literature Now,” a book series published by Columbia University Press.

Walkowitz serves as First Vice President of the Modernist Studies Association, and will serve as President in 2014-2015.  She has served as an editor of the journal Contemporary Literature (2008-2012), as Program Chair of the Modernist Studies Association (2008-2011), and as Publications Chair of the American Comparative Literature Association (2009-2012).  
At Rutgers, Professor Walkowitz runs a seminar series on Modernism & Globalization.  She is also co-organizer, with Sarah Cole of Columbia University, of the NYNJ Modernism Seminar.

At Rutgers, Walkowitz teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on violence and art in the twentieth-century novel; the post-1945 British novel from Lamming to Sebald; Joyce’s Ulysses and its legacies; the contemporary novel in an age of world literature, and critical and uncritical reading.  Since 2000, Walkowitz has supervised 13 Ph.D. dissertations.  Recent placements include tenure-track jobs at Duke University, Ohio University, and the University of Toronto.

Walkowitz is the recipient of several major national and university fellowships, including a Marshall Scholarship, a Javits Fellowship, an ACLS Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, and 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 global Anglophone novel; and the novel in translation. Additional fields include the theory of the novel; world literature; translation studies; cosmopolitanism; and theories of reading.

Other Departmental and University Positions
Coordinator, Modernism & Globalization Series
Books

Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation

Immigrant Fictions: Contemporary Literature in an Age of Globalization

Bad Modernisms

The Turn to Ethics

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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