Genevieve Abravanel Associate Professor of English


Ph.D., Department of English, Duke University

B.A., Literature Program, Harvard University magna cum laude with Highest Honors in Literature


Dr. Abravanel's research interests include twentieth-century British, American, and Caribbean literature, especially literary modernism. Her book, Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire, is forthcoming in the Modernist Literature & Culture Series from Oxford University Press.

Grants & Awards

American Association for University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship

Penn Humanities Forum Regional Faculty Fellowship

NEH Summer Stipend

William Preston Few Dissertation Fellowship, Duke University

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Dept. of Education

James B. Duke Fellowship, Duke University

Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University

Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for senior thesis (on Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf), Harvard University


Book Publication: 

Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire, forthcoming, Modernist Literature & Culture Series, Oxford University Press.


“Joyce’s American Encounters.” Forthcoming in jml: Journal of Modern Literature.

“Britain’s Hollywood: Cinema and Close Up.” Forthcoming in Modernist Cultures.

“How to Have Race without a Body: The Mass-Reproduced Voice and Modern Identity in H.D.’s ‘Two Americans.’” Mosaic 42.2 (2009): 37-53.

Orlando’s Othello” in Voyages Out, Voyages Home: Selected Papers from the Eleventh Annual Virginia Woolf Conference. Eds. Jane de Gay and Marion Dell. Forthcoming.

“English by Example: F.R. Leavis and the Americanization of Modern England.” Modernism/Modernity, Fall 2008.

“Hardy’s Transatlantic Wessex: Constructing the Local in The Mayor of Casterbridge.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction. Fall 2006.

“Hommage à la Francophonie guadeloupéenne: Une entrevue avec Simone Schwarz-Bart,” in Nouvelles Études Francophones, Fall 2006.

“Intertextual Identifications: Modigliani, Conrad, and Rhys’ After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie.” Guest Ed. Mary Lou Emery. The Journal of Caribbean Literatures 3.3 (2003).

“Woolf in Blackface” in Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds: Selected Papers from the Tenth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference. Eds. Jessica Berman and Jane Goldman. Pace University Press, 2002.

“Marilyn Hacker,” entry in The Encyclopedia of America Poetry: The Twentieth Century. Fitzroy Dearborn Press, 2001.

“Disciplining Culture,” review of “Culture” and the Problem of the Discipline, Ed. John Carlos Rowe in Postmodern Culture, Vol 10, No. 2, Spring 2000.

Review of The New American Poets (ed. Michael Collier) and American Poetry: The Next Generation (ed. Constanzo and Daniels) in The Harvard Review, Fall 2000.

Review of One Hundred and One Poems by Paul Verlaine, trans. Norman Shapiro, in The Harvard Review, Fall 1999.

Course Information

FND 181, "Taste"

ENG 160, "Modern Drama"

ENG 169, "Caribbean Literature"

ENG 210, "Studies in 20th Century Literature: Modernism and Modernity"

ENG 277, "From Punk to Postmodern: Postwar British Literature"

ENG 467, "Virginia Woolf"