Marilyn Reizbaum

Harrison King McCann Professor of English

Teaching this semester

ENGL 2011 / GSWS 2602. Science and Art of the Sex Photograph

Marilyn Reizbaum
Intermediate seminar. Explores the way in which late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century scientific uses of the photograph to configure sexuality and gender were adjusted by modern visual arts and literary photographs (prose works using photographs and/or photographic techniques to construct character). Texts considered: scientific studies by Francis Galton, Magnus Hirschfeld, and Alfred Kinsey; contemporary theory of photography by Roland Barthes, Pierre Bourdieu, and Susan Sontag; photography by Andre Kertesz, Man Ray, Claude Cahun, and Cindy Sherman; film by Michelangelo Antonioni (“Blowup”); prose works by Virginia Woolf (“Orlando”), W.G. Sebald (“The Emigrants”), Claude Cahun (“Disavowals”).

ENGL 2457 / THTR 2410. Modern Drama in Theory and Practice

Marilyn Reizbaum Abigail Killeen
Chekhov, Ibsen, Brecht, and Beckett are undoubtedly the most influential playwrights of the twentieth century. As both scholarly and performance texts, their plays have long presented challenges to scholars and theater artists alike. Yet they rarely work together to benefit from the insights each approach can offer. Several plays by each, including “A Doll's House,” are co-presented. “The Seagull,” “The Good Person of Sezuan,” “Waiting for Godot,” and a few plays by more recent playwrights that one might call legacies of these foundational works (e.g., Caryl Churchill, Suzan-Lori Parks, Martin McDonagh) are considered. Plays are critically read and some are performed.

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