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Beth Blum

2014 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Paul Saint-Amour
"Proverbial Modernism: Difficult Literature and the Self-Help Hermeneutic"

Assistant Professor of English, Harvard University

(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 unearths the dynamic and surprising joint history of modernism and self-improvement culture from the late nineenth century to the present day.  She has published/forthcoming essays and reviews in Modernism/modernity, Modern Language Quarterly, Cabinet, Corridors, Oh Comely, The Journal of Modern Literature, The James Joyce Quarterly, Aeon Ideas, and Public Books. 

Beth has been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada. She is currently teaching courses on "Modernism's Global Legacies" and "Modern Irish Literature."  This summer, she is the scholarly curator of the Rosenbach's Bloomsday exhibit, "Deciphering Ulysses: A Playful Introduction to Joyce's Novel."

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Courses Taught

spring 2016

ENGL 059.401 Literature Gone Viral  

fall 2015

spring 2015

fall 2014

ENGL 059.401 Modernism's Global Legacies