Marilyn Reizbaum: Ridiculous Modernism

The prevailing arts movement of the twentieth century — modernism — has piqued and delighted and is still being assessed. For many, its innovations and experiments were frivolous, even dangerous — like fiddling with conventions while Rome burns. Seems we’re still afraid of Virginia Woolf and James Joyce?

Marilyn Reizbaum is an internationally renowned scholar of the work of James Joyce, as well as the fields of Irish and Scottish literature and film generally. She also teaches and publishes in the areas of Modernism, the modern novel, Jewish cultural theory, and history of ideas. She is the author of “The Stranger Spark” in The Edinburgh Companion to Muriel Spark and James Joyce’s Judaic Other, is co-editor of the volume Ulysses–En-Gendered Perspectives, and is the author of numerous essays on Irish, Jewish, and other literatures.

Professor Reizbaum joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1984. She earned an A.B. at Queens College, an M.Litt. at the University of Edinburgh, and a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

The Harrison King McCann Professorship was established in 1960 within the Department of English in memory of Harrison K. McCann of the Bowdoin Class of 1902. The professorship honors McCann’s 30 years of service as an overseer of the College from 1923 to 1953. He was founder and chairman of the board of McCann-Erickson, Inc., a globally influential advertising agency with headquarters in New York City. Bowdoin awarded McCann an honorary degree in 1942.

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