Beth Blum
Fisher-Bennett Hall 319

(B.A., Liberal Arts and English Literature, Concordia University, Montreal QC; M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania; M.A., English, SUNY Buffalo).

Beth Blum is completing her dissertation in twentieth-century literature at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her dissertation, “Proverbial Modernism: Difficult Literature and the Self-Help Hermeneutic,” uncovers a history of cross-fertilization between modernism and self-improvement culture.  A portion of her dissertation’s second chapter, “Ulysses as Self-Help Manual? James Joyce’s Strategic Populism” appeared in Modern Language Quarterly (March 2013). 

Beth is the recipient of an American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Dissertation Fellowship and was previously awarded a Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. She was a coordinator of Penn's Modernism and Twentieth Century Studies Reading Group for the 2011-2012 year, and she co-organized a panel for the 14th annual Modernist Studies Association conference. She also writes essayistic pieces for readers outside of academe. 

last updated 2014/05/19

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2013/03/14    Disability & Modernism

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