Beth Blum
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania
Fisher-Bennett Hall 319

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(B.A., Liberal Arts and English Literature, Concordia University, Montreal QC; Ph.D., English Literature, University of Pennsylvania).

Beth Blum is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in modern and contemporary narrative. Her current book project, “Proverbial Modernism: Difficult Literature and the Self-Help Hermeneutic,” unearths the dynamic and surprising joint history of modernism and self-improvement culture from the late nineenth century to the present day.  A portion of this project's third chapter, “Ulysses as Self-Help Manual? James Joyce’s Strategic Populism,” appeared in Modern Language Quarterly (March 2013). She has also published essays and reviews in Cabinet, Corridors, Oh Comely, The Journal of Modern Literature, The James Joyce Quarterly, and Public Books. 

Beth has been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada. This year, she is teaching courses on "Modernism's Global Legacies" and "Modern Irish Literature." As part of her ongoing commitment to thinking across disciplines and periods, she is also co-organizing a panel on "Counsel in Context: Literature, Advice, Modernity," which will bring together theorists of narrative counsel from diverse periods and specializations, for the 2015 American Comparative Literature Association conference in Seattle (


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