Caren Irr

 

 

 

Professor

Department of English

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA 02454 USA

 

 

FIELDS

US literature and culture since 1900 * critical theory * film and media studies * 21st-century writing * global studies

 

RESEARCH (see also CV)

Books:

-Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the 21st Century (Columbia University Press, 2013)

        Here is an interview about the book.

 

-Pink Pirates:  Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright (Iowa 2010)

-The Suburb of Dissent:  Cultural Politics in the United States and Canada during the 1930s (Duke 1998)

-Rethinking the Frankfurt School:  Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique (co-ed., SUNY 2002)

-On Jameson:  From Postmodernism to Globalization (co-ed., SUNY 2006)

 

In the Works:

-Orphan Stories (in progress).  A dissection of the most common contemporary fantasies about children growing up without the care of their biological parents.

-Politics and the Green Novel:  Eco-fiction in English since 1980 (in progress). A group of essays on environmentalist versions of the political novel.

 

 

TEACHING 


 

Spring 2015:

ENG 277: Childhood and the Modern Novel

Authors to include: Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Henry James, Vladimir Nabokov, Ngugi wa Th'iongo, Ian MacEwan, Salman Rushdie, Jamaica Kincaid, Margaret Atwood, Ben Okri, J.M. Coetzee


ENG 60b:  The Films of Disney


Fall 2015:

ENG 28a: Contemporary Environmental Writing

For 2015, focuses on climate fiction—J.G. Ballard, Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, and others. Some consideration of dystopian film as well.


Spring 2016:

New film course: Representing Poverty

-traces the visual language used in global cinema to represent people living in extreme poverty. Begins with mid-century neo-realist classics (The Bicycle Thief, Los Olvidados) but concentrates on contemporary alternatives to realism (City of God, Slumdog Millionaire, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and others).

 

OTHER RESOURCES

For Graduate Students:

How to Write a Prospectus

Chronicle of Higher Education's job market advice

 

New Writing:

Granta

Transition

PEN America

Conjunctions

Context

National Book Critics Circle

 

 

EMAIL: irr@brandeis.edu

Last updated 1/2015