Marilyn Reizbaum

Harrison King McCann Professor of English

On leave for the 2017-18 academic year.

Marilyn Reizbaum works in the areas of modernist studies, contemporary Scottish and Irish literatures and film, Jewish cultural studies, the history of ideas.  She has written widely on the work of James Joyce, and also about other modernist writers such as Djuna Barnes and Virginia Woolf. Her recent book project, Unfit: the Jewish Science of Modernism, considers the impact of degeneration theory authored by fin-de-siècle Jewish cultural critics on developments within historical modernism, with chapters on photography, fiction and film. Her current project is a monograph on Muriel Spark’s literary style, “The Art of Ridicule."

Teaching Areas
Modernism, Irish and Scottish literatures and film; James Joyce; Modern Drama and Performance Studies; Poetry, Modern British; Jewish literatures.

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  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.Litt., English Literature, University of Edinburgh

Recent Publications

“En-garde: Two Gallants," with Maud Ellmann in Collaborative Dubliners. Edited by: Vicky Mahaffey Syracuse University Press), 2012.

Urban Legends, Earrach/Samhradh Éire-Ireland - Volume 45:1&2, Spring/Summer 2010, pp. 242-265

“The Stranger Spark,” The Edinburgh Companion to Muriel Spark, Edited By: Michael Gardiner and Willy Maley, Edinburgh University Press, 2010

"Yiddish Modernisms: Red Emma Goldman," Modern Fiction Studies 51.2 (2005) 482-483

Max Nordau and the Generation of Jewish Muscle," in Jewish Culture and History 6.1 (Summer 2003): Special Issue "The Image of the Jew in European Liberal Culture, 1789-1914."

James Joyce's Judaic Other
Stanford University Press

Ulysses—En-Gendered Perspectives Eighteen New Essays on the Episodes
Edited by Kimberly J. Devlin and Marilyn Reizbaum
The University of South Carolina Press