Professor Bryan Cheyette
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Within the department I convene modules in:
- Holocaust Testimony;
- Modernism and Politics;
- Fiction and Ethnicity
- Diasporic Literature and Theory
I have also contributed to courses in:
- Literary Criticism and Theory
- Modern Drama
- What Kind of Text?
Areas of Interest
Professor Cheyette has teaching and research interests in late-nineteenth and twentieth century English literature, modernism and politics, new literatures in English, postcolonial literature, British-Jewish literature, theories of "race" and modernity, and Holocaust literature. Before joining the University of Reading in 2005, he was Chair in Twentieth Century Literature, University of Southampton (1999-2005) and Reader in English & Judaic Studies at Queen Mary College, University of London (1992-1999).
His visiting appointments include the Padnos Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies and Associate Professor in English, Department of English, University of Michigan, 1997, the Brownstone Visiting Professor in English and Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, 2004, and visiting research fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2005.
Professor Cheyette has supervised PhD dissertations on topics including Modernist Literature; Caribbean Literature; Holocaust Literature and Film; Nineteenth Century British-Jewish Women's Writing; Twentieth-Century British-Jewish poetry and drama; Post-war American Poetry and Trauma. He welcomes PhD applicants on all aspects of nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first century literature.
He is currently completing Diasporas of the Mind: Literature and Race after the Holocaust, Yale University Press, 2009, for which he has received AHRC matching leave. After completing this book he will be co-editing with Peter Boxall, The Oxford History of the Novel in English: British and Irish Fiction, 1940-2000 and writing a book on popular literature and the image of Jews, Muslims and Christians with Simon Louvish.
Research groups / Centres
Recent publications which reflect my interests and include:
- Ed. Wasafiri (Issue Number 57, Winter 2009) 'Jewish and Postcolonial Literatures and Histories'
- 'On Being a Jewish Critic' in Anglophone Jewish Literature, ed. Axel Stahler (Routledge, 2007), pp.33-48
- 'Primo Levi and Holocaust Studies' in The Cambridge Companion to Primo Levi ed. Robert Gordan (Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp.67-85
- 'On the "D" Train: Bob Dylan's Conversions' and 'Secular and Religious Criticism' in Figures of Heresy: Radical Theology in English and American Writing ed. Andrew Dix and Jonathan Taylor (Sussex Academic Press, 2006), pp.171-95 and 206-9.
- 'Fanon et Sartre: Noirs et Juifs', Les Temps Modernes (January 2006), pp. 159-174.
- 'Frantz Fanon and the Black-Jewish Imaginary' in Frantz Fanon's 'Black Skin White Masks: New Interdisciplinary Essays' ed. Max Silverman (Manchester University Press 2005), pp.74-99.
- 'Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' in A Companion to the British and Irish Novel, 1945-2000 ed. Brian Shaffer (Blackwell Publishing, 2005), pp. 367-375
- 'Frantz Fanon and Jean-Paul Sartre: Blacks and Jews', Wasafiri (Spring 2005), pp. 7-12
- (ed.) with Nadia Valman, The Image of the Jew in European Liberal Culture, 1789-1914 London and Oregon, Vallentine Mitchell, 2004
- 'On Being a Jewish Critic', Jewish Social Studies (Fall, 2004), pp. 32-51
- 'British-Jewish Writing and the turn towards the Diaspora' in The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century British Literature eds. Laura Marcus and Peter Nichols (CUP, 2004), pp.700-715
- 'Muriel Spark in the 1990s' in Jewish Women's Writing of the 1990s and Beyond in Great Britain and the United States eds Ulrike Behlau and Bernhard Reitz, (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2004), 135-144
- 'Diasporas of the Mind: British-Jewish Writing Beyond Multiculturalism' in Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common Traditions and New Developments ed. Monika Fludernik (Rodopi: 2003), pp. 45-82
- 'British-Jewish Literature' in Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century ed. Sorrel Kerbel (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003), 7-10
- 'Neither Excuse nor Accuse: T. S. Eliot's Semitic Discourse', Modernism/Modernity (volume 10 number 3) (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 431-437.
- 'On the "D" Train: Bob Dylan's Conversions' in 'Do You Mr Jones?' Bob Dylan with the Poets and Professors ed. Neil Corcoran (Chatto & Windus: 2002, Pimlico: 2003), pp.221-252
- 'Foreword' in Representing the Holocaust: In Honour of Bryan Burns ed. Sue Vice (Vallentine Mitchell, 2003), vii-ix.
I have also published:
- Constructions of 'the Jew' in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations 1875-1945, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993 and 1995
- 'Clive Sinclair and Philip Roth: Representations of Central Europe in British and American-Jewish Literature', in Forked Tongues: Comparing Twentieth-Century British and American Literature eds. Ann Massa and Alistair Stead (Longman, 1994), pp.355-73
- 'La culture de l'auto-justification: la littérature judéo-anglaise et la fausse identité des Juifs anglais' Pardès (volume 21, 1995), pp. 94-105
- 'Neither Black nor White: The Figure of the Jew in Imperial British Literature' in The Jew in the Text eds. Tamar Garb and Linda Nochlin (Thames & Hudson, 1995), pp. 31-41
- 'British Jewish Literature' in The Jewish Year Book: Centenary Edition ed. Stephen Massil (Vallentine Mitchell, 1996), pp. lii-lxiii
- 'Englishness and Extraterritoriality: British-Jewish Writing and Diaspora Culture' in Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts: Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Volume XII (Oxford University Press, 1996), pp.21-40
- '"Ineffable and Usable": Towards a Diasporic British-Jewish Writing', Textual Practice 10 (Spring 1996), pp.295-313
'Israel' in The Oxford Guide to Contemporary Literature ed. John Sturrock (Oxford University Press, 1996), pp.238-49
(ed.) Between 'Race' and Culture: Representations of 'the Jew' in English and American Literature, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996
(ed.) HG Wells, Tono-Bungay, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997
'The Uncertain Certainty of Schindler's List' in Spielberg's Holocaust: Critical Perspectives on 'Schindler's List' ed. Yosefa Loshitzky (Indiana University Press, 1997), pp. 226-38
'White Skin, Black Masks: Jews and Jewishness in the Writings of George Eliot and Frantz Fanon' in Cultural Readings of Imperialism: Edward Said and the Gravity of History eds. Keith Ansell Pearson, Benita Parry and Judith Squires (Lawrence & Wishart, 1997), pp.106-26
- (ed.) Contemporary Jewish Writing in Britain and Ireland: An Anthology, Lincoln: Nebraska University Press; London: Peter Halban, 1998
- (ed.) with Laura Marcus, Modernity, Culture and 'the Jew', Cambridge: Polity Press; Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998
- 'Englishness und Extraterritorialitat: Britisch-judisches Schreiben und die Kultur der Diaspora' in Judische Literatur und Kultur in Grosbritannien und den USA nach 1945 ed. Beate Neumeier (Harrassowitz Verlag, 1998), pp. 1-24
- 'Between Repulsion and Attraction: George Steiner's Post-Holocaust Fiction', Jewish Social Studies (Spring-Summer, 1999), pp. 67-81
- 'The Ethical Uncertainty of Primo Levi', Judaism (Winter, 1999), pp. 56-67
- 'The Image of the Jew in Post-War English Literature' in Na 1945: Het beeld van de Jood in de West Europese Literatuur ed. Bertie Turksma-Heijmann (Culturele Werkgroep: Synagoge Delft, 1999), 92-109
Muriel Spark: Writers and their Work, Plymouth: Northcote House Publishers, 2000
'Venetian Spaces: Old-New Literatures and the Ambivalent Uses of Jewish History', in Reading the 'New' Literatures in a Postcolonial Era ed. Susheila Nasta, (Boydell & Brewer, 2000), pp. 53-72
- 'Between Repulsion and Attraction: George Steiner's Post-Holocaust Fiction' in The Holocaust and the Text: Speaking the Unspeakable eds. Andrew Leak and George Paizis (Macmillan Press, 2000), pp. 67-82
- 'Liberal Anti-Judaism and the Victims of Modernity: A Response', American Literary History (volume 13, number 3) (Oxford University Press, 2001), pp.540-43
- 'Race, Literary History and the 'Jewish' Question: A Response', Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History (volume 21 number 3) (Indiana University Press, 2001), pp.322-24
- 'Writing against Conversion: Muriel Spark the Gentile Jewess' in Theorising Muriel Spark: Gender, Deconstruction, and Psychoanalysis ed. Martin McQuillan (Palgrave Press, 2002), pp. 93-112