Rita Barnard
Director, Comparative Literature Program; Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Fisher-Bennett Hall 337
215-746-3770

Rita Barnard, who received her Ph.D. from Duke University, is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Penn. She holds a secondary position as Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch and has been a visiting Professor at Brown University and a Mellon Distinguished Lecturer at Wits.  She is currently serving as Director of the Comparative Literature Program and, for many years, was the Faculty Director of the Alice Paul Center and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.

Her scholarly interests lie in African and South African literature and cultural studies, modernism and global modernities, twentieth-century American literature (especially the 1930s), contemporary cinema, and the novel as genre. In 2005 she received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Penn’s highest teaching award and, in 2010, the SAS Award for Distinguished Teaching in the School of Liberal and Professional Studies.

To date, Rita Barnard has published two books: The Great Depression and the Culture of Abundance and Apartheid and Beyond: South African Writers and the Politics of Place. A third book project on global modernism is nearing completion. She is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela (forthcoming in 2014, in time for the 20th anniversary of South Africa's democracy) and is working sporadically on a series of essays on apartheid education.  Strange to say, she is also currently a graduate student, completing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Pretoria under the direction of Dr. David Medalie.

Barnard is a founding member of the Society for Novel Studies and serves on the advisory boards of Contemporary Literature, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, PMLA, Research in African Literatures, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde/ Journal of Literary Studies, and English Studies in Africa.  With Grant Farred, she co-edited After the Thrill is Gone: Ten Years of Democracy in South Africa, a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly. She is the editor of Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies along with Andrew van der Vlies. Please see our website: www.safundi.com

In a much earlier life, Rita Barnard worked for Mulligans Models in Cape Time and appeared in many print and TV commercials.  Perhaps as a result, she retains an abiding critical interest in fashion, consumerism, and mass-mediated culture.

last updated 2013/08/09

Publications

Awards

2010 The LPS Award for Distinguished Teaching - Standing Faculty
2005 The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
2000 The Alan Filreis Teaching Award, Sponsored by the English Undergraduate Advisory Board

Courses Taught

Fall 2014

English
392.401
English
600.301

Spring 2014

English
064.001

Fall 2013

English
392.401

Spring 2013

English
064.001

Fall 2012

English
600.301

Spring 2012

English
572.401

Fall 2011

English
064.001
English
292.401

Fall 2010

English
292.401
English
592.641

Spring 2010

English
293.401

Fall 2009

English
064.001

Summer 2009

Spring 2009

English
361.301

Fall 2008

Summer 2007

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Fall 2006

English
775.401

Summer 2006

Spring 2006

English
104.401

Fall 2005

English
797.401

Spring 2005

English
104.401
English
775.401

Fall 2004

English
090.401

Spring 2004

English
384.301

Fall 2003

English
998.005

Spring 2003

Fall 2002

English
100.401
English
586.401

Summer 2002

English
104.950

Fall 2000

English
090.401
English
775.401

Spring 2000

English
299.301
English
299.312

Fall 1999

English
799.401

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Fall 1998

English
104.401
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572.601

Spring 1998

English
309.301

Fall 1996

English
572.401

Spring 1996

English
204.401

Fall 1995

English
104.001
English
591.401

Spring 1995

English
572.301

Fall 1994

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