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Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Associate Professor of English
Director of Graduate Studies

Murray Hall | Room 117
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (848) 932-7674

Office Hours: By appointment.

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Professor Walkowitz publishes in the fields of modernist studies, twentieth-century British and global Anglophone fiction, the contemporary novel, and world literature. Her current research focuses on transnational approaches to literary history, the concept of the Anglophone, and ideas of scale in modernist literature. She is President of the Modernist Studies Association.

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 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. Walkowitz recasts literary history as a series of convergences and divergences and builds a much-needed framework for reading translation’s effects on fictional works. Cosmopolitan Style was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2008 Perkins Prize 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).

Walkowitz is co-editing, with Eric Hayot, A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism, a volume of essays by leading scholars working at the conjunction of world literature and modernist studies.  A New Vocabulary shows 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.  With Matthew Hart (Columbia University) and David James (Queen Mary, University of London), Walkowitz is editor of Literature Now, a book series published by Columbia University Press.

Walkowitz 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, Professor Walkowitz runs a seminar series on Modernism & Globalization.  She is also organizer and founder, with Sarah Cole of Columbia University, of the NYNJ Modernism Seminar.

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 16 Ph.D. dissertations.  Recent placements include tenure-track jobs at 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, 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

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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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