Mary Gluck Professor of History, Professor of Judaic Studies

For Mary Gluck, the past academic year has been one of transitions, which saw the final completion of her book on Popular Bohemia: Modernism and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris (forthcoming with Harvard University Press in the fall) and her promotion to full professor. She has also begun working full time on a new book on Jewish urban culture in Budapest, which will continue many of the themes of the Paris book in the context of East-Central Europe. Within the department, she chaired the Academic Priorities Committee and helped bring to fruition an ambitious new vision for the future of the department that projects considerable faculty enlargement in the next few years.

Brown Affiliations

research overview

Mary Gluck is an intellectual-cultural historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe, with special expertise in Central Europe and France. She has published extensively on Georg Lukacs, modernism, and avant-garde culture and the Jewish Question. Her latest book focuses on Popular Bohemia: Modernism and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris. Currently, she is working on Jewish humor and assimilation in fin-de-siecle Budapest and on bohemias in a global perspective.

research statement

Mary Gluck's research brings into critical juxtaposition a number of distinct, yet interrelated, disciplinary areas: the intellectual history of avant-garde art, the social history of urban modernity and bohemia, and the cultural history of the Jewish Question. These themes were already implicit in her first monograph on Georg Lukacs and His Generation, which focused on the genesis of a uniquely Central European form of modernist culture in pre-World War I Budapest. Exploring the close interrelationships between avant-garde aesthetics and radical politics in the context of growing anti-Semitism, the book raised a number of broad historical questions that led to subsequent research agendas. One of these was the general problematics of modernism both as an aesthetic practice and as a cultural experience associated with modern urban life. This inquiry resulted in a series of articles on different facets of European modernism and eventually in a sustained study of Parisian experimental culture entitled, Popular Bohemia: Modernism and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris. A second, parallel research interest has been the relationship between urban modernity and the "Jewish Question" in fin-de-siecle Hungary, which will soon be published under the title "The Invisible Jewish Budapest." Future projects include an investigation into Jewish humor and caricatures in late nineteenth-century Budapest and a collaborative exploration of global bohemias in urban cultures in East Asia, Latin America, South Asia and Eastern Europe.

funded research

Faculty Fellowship, Cogut Humanities Center, Brown University, 2006
Salomon Grant, Brown University, 2001
Rockefeller Fellow of the National Humanities Center, 1998-99
Andrew Mellon Foundation, Summer grant for pilot program on the impact of theory on history and literature, 1995-97
William Rice Kimball Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 1988-89
Summer National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for the Study of the Avant-Garde, Harvard University, 1987
Fellowship, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, 1987-88
Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 1980-81
Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 1980-81
Canada Council Summer Research Fellowship,1977
Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, 1972-76
President's Fellow, Columbia University, 1972-73
Fellow of the Institute on East Central Europe, Columbia University, 1970-71
Mary H. Beatty Fellowship, University of Toronto, 1966-70