1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Caroline Rody


432 Bryan Hall

Office Hours:

T 12:30-2:30
R 10:10-1040 and 12:30-1:00
and by appointment

Class Schedule:

TR 11:00 - 12:15
T 2:00 - 4:30


Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1995
M.A. University of Virginia, 1991
B.A. Harvard-Radcliffe, 1983


Caribbean, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Jewish, Multi-ethnic American, Postcolonial

Works in Progress

  • Book manuscript, "The Transatlantic Great House:  On American, English, and Irish Great House Fiction"
  • “On Magical Books: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bruno Schulz, and the Book-within-the Book in Contemporary Jewish Post-Holocaust Fiction”


  • Review of Bryan Cheyette, Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of HistoryCollege Literature 42.3 (Summer 2015): 528-531.
  • “The Interethnic Paradigm and the Case of Asian American Fiction.” Reprinted in David Liwei Li, ed. Asian American Literature, Volume 1: Literary History: Criticism and Theory.  New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • "Jewish Post-Holocaust Fiction and the Magical Realist Turn.” Moments of Magical Realism in U.S. Ethnic Literatures, ed. Lyn Di Iorio Sandin and Richard Perez (Palgrave, 2012).
  • “A Literature Founded on Multiethnic Interconnection Has Emerged: Caroline Rody on her book The Interethnic Imagination: Roots and Passages in Contemporary Asian American Fiction.”  Rorotoko. Cover interview. n.p.  March 14, 2011.   Web.
  • "The Transnational Imagination: Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange." Asian North American Identities: Beyond the Hyphen. Ed. Eleanor Ty and Donald C. Goellnicht. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. 130-148.
  • "Impossible Voices: Ethnic Postmodern Narration in Toni Morrison's Jazz and Karen Tei Yamashita's Through the Arc of the Rain Forest." Contemporary Literature 41.1 (2000).
  • "Toni Morrison's Beloved: History, 'Rememory,' and a 'Clamor for a Kiss,'" American Literary History (1995).
  • "The Mad Colonial Daughter's Revolt: J.M. Coetzee's In the Heart of the Country," South Atlantic Quarterly (1994).
  • "Burning Down the House: The Revisionary Paradigm of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea," in Famous Last Words: Changes in Gender and Narrative Closure, ed. Alison Booth (1993) Rpt. in Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea. Norton Critical Edition, Ed. Judith Raiskin (1999).

Selected Presentations

  • “The Transatlantic Great House.” Plenary Address, 8th Biennial Symbiosis Conference.  University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.  23 June, 2011.
  • “Reimagining the Past in Contemporary Jewish Renaissance Fiction.” Jewish Renaissance and Renaissances.  Tenth Anniversary Conference of the Jewish Studies Program, University of Virginia. November 13, 2010.
  • “Karen Tei Yamashita.” Introduction to the Author.  Brown College Visiting Environmental Writers and Scholars Series.  Rotunda, March 25, 2009.
  • “Etgar Keret.” Introduction to the Author. Virginia Festival of the Book.  Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room, March 19, 2009.
  • “What Means Switch?  Jewishness in Gish Jen’s Mona in the Promised Land.” Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies. Washington, D.C., December 23, 2008.
  • The Interethnic Imagination in Contemporary American Fiction.” Fellows’ Seminar, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University.  May 10, 2007.
  • “Toni Morrison’s Beloved and the African American Slavery Novel Tradition.”
    Department of English, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. April 4, 2007.
  • “Changing Patterns of Ethnicity and Race in American Literature.” Department of English, University of Zageb, Zagreb, Croatia.  April 2, 2007.
  • “What Means Switch: Interethnicity and Jewishness in Gish Jen and Zadie Smith.” Duke University Americanist Group, Durham, NC. January 28, 2005.
  • “Jewelle Gomez: Recovering the History of Black Lesbian Vampires.”  Introduction to the author, reading and talk sponsored by University of Virginia.  February 21, 2004.
  • “The Interethnic Imagination in Contemporary Asian American Fiction.” Division on Asian American Literatures panel, “The Future of Asian American Literary Study.”  Modern Language Association Conference, December 2003.
  • “Native Speakers in the American Public Arena: the Novels of Chang-rae Lee.”  Introduction to the author, fiction reading sponsored by the Creative Writing Department, University of Virginia. September 26, 2002.
  • “Karen Tei Yamashita and the Transnational Imagination.” Division on Asian American Literatures panel, “Asian American Literature in the Americas.”  Modern Language Association Conference, December, 2000.
  • "Reimagining the Mother-of-History: Contemporary Caribbean Women's Fiction."  Caribbean Studies Association, 25th Annual Conference.  Castries, St. Lucia, May 31, 2000.