1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Rita Felski

William R Kenan, Jr. Professor; Editor, New Literary History

232 Bryan Hall

Office Hours:

R 3:00-5:00, or by appointment

Class Schedule:

M 6:30-9:00

Degrees

Ph.D. Monash University, 1987
M.A. Monash University, 1982
B.A. Cambridge University, 1979

My primary interest is in rethinking questions of theory and interpretation. My most recent book is on the hermeneutics of suspicion as mood and method.  My new research is on what I call “technologies of attachment”— how and why we become attached to works of art. I also have longstanding interests in feminism, theories of modernity, and genre (especially tragedy).

Specialties

Methodology, Literary Theory, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies

Books

The Limits of Critique, University of Chicago Press, 2015
Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses, (co-edited with Susan Stanford Friedman) Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013
Rethinking Tragedy, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008
Uses of Literature, Wiley-Blackwell, 2008

Croatian translation forthcoming, Turkish translation 2010

Literature after Feminism, University of Chicago Press, 2003
Doing Time:, New York University Press, 2000
The Gender of Modernity , Harvard University Press, 1995
Beyond Feminist Aesthetics, Harvard University Press, 1989

Forthcoming Works

Books

The Limits of Critique, University of Chicago Press, 2015 (Author)

Recent Special Issues of New Literary History

  • Interpretation and its Rivals 45, 2 (2014)
  • Use 44, 4 (2013)
  • The French Issue: New Perspectives on Reading from France 44, 2 (2013)
  • "A New Europe?" 43, 4 (2012)
  • "In the Mood," 43, 4 (2012)
  • “Context?” 42, 4 (2011)
  • “Character,”  42, 2 (2011)
  • “What is an Avant-Garde? “41, 4 (2010)
  • “New Sociologies of Literature,”  41, 2 (2010)
  • “Tribute to Ralph Cohen,” 40, 4 (2009)

Recent Articles

  • “’Context Stinks," New Literary History (2011).
  • “Suspicious Minds, ” Poetics Today (2010).
  • "After Suspicion,” Profession (2009).
  • "Everyday Aesthetics," minnesota review, 71-72 (2009).
  • "Remember the Reader," The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 17 2008.
  • “From Literary Theory to Critical Method,” Profession, 2008, pp. 108-116.
  • “Cultural Studies,” The Routledge Social Science Encyclopedia, 2008.
  • “Tragic Women,” in Moderne Begreifen: Zur Paradoxie eines sozio-aesthetischen Deutungsmusters, ed. Christine Magerski et al  (Deutsche Universitätsverlag, 2007).
  • “Object Relations,” Contemporary Women’s Writing, 2007
  • “‘Because it is Beautiful’: New Feminist Perspectives on Beauty,” Feminist Theory, 7, 2 (2006)
  • "Redescriptions of Female Masochism," Minnesota Review, 2005.
  • "Modernist Studies and Cultural Studies," Modernism/Modernity, 2004.
  • "Introduction," New Literary History, special issue on tragedy, 2004.
  • "The Role of Aesthetics in Cultural Studies," Aesthetics and Cultural Studies, ed. Michael Bérubé, Blackwell's, 2004.
  • "Introduction," New Literary History, special issue on "Everyday Life," 2002.
  • "Afterword," Women and Modernity: Renegotiating the Public Sphere 1880-1930, ed. Ann Ardis (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002).
  • "Telling Time in Feminist Theory," Tulsa Journal of Women's Studies, 21, 1 (2002): 21-27.
  • "Why Academics Don't Study the Lower Middle Class," Chronicle of Higher Education, January 25, 2002.
  • "Med Ratt Att Grata" (Tragic Women), Dagens Nyheter (Sweden), March 21, 2001.
  • "Von der Postmoderne zur Moderne," (From the Postmodern to the Modern) Transit (Vienna), 19 (2000): 44-62.
  • "Feminist Futures," International Journal of Cultural Studies, 3 (2000): 238-245.
  • "Being Rational, Telling Stories," Feminist Theory, 2 (2000): 225-229.
  • "Nothing to Declare: Identity, Shame and the Lower Middle Class," PMLA, 115, 1 (2000): 1-25.
  • "The Invention of Everyday Life," New Formations, 39 (1999/2000), . 15-31.
  • "Why Those Who Dismiss Cultural Studies Don't Know What They're Talking About," The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 23, 1999.
  • "Images of the Intellectual: From Philosophy to Cultural Studies," Continuum 12, 2 (1998): 157-171.
  • Introduction to Sexology and Culture: Labelling Bodies and Desires, 1890-1940, ed. Lucy Bland and Laura Doan, University of Chicago Press and Polity Press, 1998.
  • "Feminist Aesthetics," in The International Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).
  • "The Doxa of Difference," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 23, 1 (Fall 1997): 1-23.
  • Judith Krantz, Author of 'The Cultural Logics of Late Capitalism'," Woman: A Cultural Review, vol 8, no. 2 (1997): 129-142.

Honors

  • Guggenheim Fellowship  2010
  • SW Brooks Visiting Lecturer in English, University of Queensland 2010
  • Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Professor, McMaster University 2005
  • Research Fellow, Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna 2000
  • George A. Miller Visiting Professor, University of Illinois, 1998
  • Australian Research Council Major Grant 1993
  • Fellowship, Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Change, University of Virginia. 1991
  • Fellowship, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University 1989-1990
  • William Parker Riley Prize, best article in PMLA