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Lisa Siraganian

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Lisa SiraganianLisa Siraganian is an Associate Professor of English and author of Modernism's Other Work:  The Art Object's Political Life (New York:  Oxford UP, 2012; paperback 2015), shortlisted for the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize (2013).  Her essays have appeared in Law and Literature, American Literary History, Modernism/Modernity, Modern Fiction Studies, and elsewhere.  She was recently awarded an ACLS Fellowship to complete her second book, "Against Corporate Humanism:  The Modernist Critique of Corporate Mind." 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Courses taught

  • 20th-c American Poetry: From Modernism to Postmodernism
  • American Modernism: The Poem and the Poetics of Art
  • Semiotics of Culture: Representing Diaspora
  • Introduction to Literary Study
  • Contemporary Poetry: Art and Artifacts
  • Contemporary Approaches to Literature (Introduction to Literary Theory)

Publications (selected)

  • Modernism’s Other Work: The Art Object’s Political Life.  New York:  Oxford University Press, January 2012.  272 pages.  Paperback, June 2015.  Shortlisted (one of four finalists) for Modernist Studies Association Book Prize (2013); Reviewed in Radical Philosophy 177 (Jan/Feb 2013):  52-45, Nonsite 8 (Jan 2013); Modernism/Modernity (Sept 2014); American Literary History  Online Review IV (November 2015).
  • "Don't Let Me Be Universal: or, the Postwar American Poem."  Issue #16:Situation.  Summer 2015.
  • "Theorizing Corporate Intentionality in Contemporary American Fiction."  Law and Literature 27:1 (Spring 2015):  99-123.
  • "Speculating on an Art Movement:  Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas."  Modern Fiction Studies 59:3 (Fall 2013):  591:609.
  • "Ang Lee and James Schamus's Neo-Indies:  The Ultimate Movie Machine."  Post45:  Peer Reviewed.  (December 20, 2011). Online.  14,000 words. 
  • “Wallace Stevens’s Fascist Dilemmas and Free Market Resolutions,” American Literary History 23:2 (Summer 2011):  337-361.
  • “‘A Disciplined Nostalgia’: William Gaddis and the Modern Art Object” in William Gaddis, “The Last of Something,”  ed. Crystal Alberts, Christopher Leise and Birger Vanwesenbeeck.  Jefferson: McFarland, 2010.  101-114.