Joseph E. Harry Professor of Modern Languages and Literature
Academic Program Affiliation(s): American Studies, Jewish Studies, Literature, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Academic Expertise: Literature
Area of Specialization: American literature, Jewish literature, poetry
Biography:B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Fellowships: Ford Foundation (1967–72); Temple University (1977); The Newberry Library (1977); American Council of Learned Societies (1977); National Endowment for the Humanities. Recipient, 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Louise Bogan: A Portrait (1985). Author of the novel Cheat and Charmer (Random House, 2004) and numerous articles on literature, art, and literary and art criticism in New York Arts Journal, Art in America, Journal of Modern Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, ARTnews, Bennington Review, The Nation, Salmagundi, New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review, others. Author, Jackson Pollock (1983), Esteban Vicente (1995); cotranslator of novels by Bulgarian writer Angel Wagenstein, Farewell, Shanghai (2007) and Isaacï¿½s Torah (2008). At Bard since 1982.
- Research Interests: Puritans; Jewish literature; Bulgaria and Bulgarian literature
- Teaching Interests: American literature, Jewish literature; Mark Twain; science writing workshops
- Other Interests: writing fiction
Highlights:2008 — Publication
In November 2007 I published a translation of Bulgarian author Angel Wagenstein's Farewell, Shanghai, about the Jewish refugee community in Shanghai in WW II. This November I am publishing another Wagenstein translation, this time of a novel called Isaac's Torah: Concerning the Life of Isaac Jacob Blumenfeld through Two World Wars, Three Concentration Camps and Five Motherlands. I am also working on a new novel.