Tamar KatzAssociate Professor of English, Associate Professor of Urban Studies
Katz is the author of Impressionist Subjects; Gender, Interiority, and Modernist Fiction in England (U Illinois Press, 2000), as well as a number of articles on twentieth-century fiction. She is now at work on a book entitled City Memories: Modernism and Urban Nostalgia. She holds a courtesy appointment in the Urban Studies Program.
Tamar Katz has research interests in twentieth-century literature, with a focus on modernism, urban literature, and gender studies.
Professor Katz works on 20th-century literature, focusing in particular on modernism, urban studies, and gender studies. Her first book, Impressionist Subjects: Gender, Interiority, and Modernist Fiction in England (Urbana: U Illinois P, 2000), examined late-19th- and early-20th-century literary impressionism; it analyzed the way representations of consciousness took up broader cultural debates about private and public spheres, which changed as middle-class women moved into public life.
She is currently working on a book project entitled City Memories: Modernism and Urban Nostalgia. This book focuses on writing about New York City to rethink modernism's association of urban culture with the new. It analyzes early-twentieth-century representations of public spaces and memory, to analyze the way that the city has been defined through loss and the movement backward in time. Chapters include "Urban Nostalgia and the Historical Novel," "Photographic Documentary and the City," "Mobility, Time, and the Segregated City in the New Negro Renaissance," "Crossing into the Nation: Immigrant Neighborhoods and Americanization," and "Anecdotal History: Mid-Century Journalism and the Anecdote."
Bronson Fellowship, English Department, Brown University, fall 1996
Guilford Essay Prize for excellence in English prose in a doctoral dissertation, Cornell University, 1992
Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, Cornell University, Spring 1992
Elisha Van Deusen Fellowship, Cornell University, Spring 1991
Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University, 1985-86
Brown Humanities Initiative Grant, 2012
Cogut Teaching Fellowship, Fall 2013
Member, Modernist Studies Association, Modern Language Association, Space Between Society
Professor Katz teaches courses on twentieth-century and contemporary literature, the city and literature, and gender studies.
ENGL 0150S - The Roaring Twenties. Spring 2016.
ENGL 0700N - City Novels. Fall 2015.
ENGL 0710A - City Novels. Fall 2014.
ENGL 1710L - Modernism and Everyday Life. Spring 2016.
ENGL 1711D - Reading New York. Spring 2015.
ENGL 1991 - Senior Honors Seminar in English. Fall 2014, Fall 2015.
ENGL 1992 - Senior Honors Thesis in English. Spring 2015, Spring 2016.
ENGL 2761B - Temporalities. Spring 2015.
HMAN 1971A - City Spaces, City Memories. Fall 2013.