Rachel Greenwald Smith, Ph.D.
Rachel Greenwald Smith specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century American literature with an emphasis on intersections between aesthetics and politics as well as ecocritical approaches to literature and visual culture. Her current research looks at the parallels between the emergence of neoliberalism as an economic, political, and cultural dominant during the turn of the twenty-first century and critical appraisals of the literature of the period that see the transmission of emotion as fundamental to aesthetic experience.
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College (2001)
M.A., Rutgers University (2004)
Ph.D., Rutgers University (2008)
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture, ecocriticism and environmental literature, aesthetics, theories of emotion, materialist approaches to literature, and critical theory.
472 Contemporary American Literature (Spring 2012, Fall 2010)
230 Introduction to the Novel (Spring 2012)
693 Contemporary American Literature: Feeling and Form (Fall 2011)
358 Literature of the Natural World (Fall 2011, Fall 2010)
476 Twentieth Century Literature (Spring 2010)
375 Literature and Nature: Ecological Futures (Spring 2010)
"Materialism, Ecology, Aesthetics." Mediations. Forthcoming 2012.
"Organic Shrapnel: Affect and Aesthetics in September 11 Fiction." American Literature 83:1 (2011): 153-174.
"Ecology Beyond Ecology: Life After the Accident in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Trilogy." Modern Fiction Studies 55:3 (2009): 545-565.
"Grief Time: The Crisis of Narrative in Don DeLillo's The Body Artist." Polygraph 18 (2006): 99-110.
Reviews and short publications
"Toni Morrison," The Unbroken Circle: An Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature ed. Brian Jones (McFarland, forthcoming 2012).
"Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism by Jonathan Flatley and Affecting Fictions: Mind, Body, and Emotion in American Literary Realism by Jane F. Thrailkill," review essay in Modernism/Modernity 16:4 (2009): 813-815.
"Pushing the Limits: Aesthetics in the Age of Neoliberalism." Invited paper for "Fin de Millenial Ethics and the American Novel" seminar. ASAP/3: The Third Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Arts of the Present. Pittsburgh, PA, October 2011.
"Neoliberalism and the Aesthetics of Self-Care." Invited lecture for the University of Missouri Department of English Research Symposium. Columbia, MO, September, 2011.
"Biologizing Postmodernism." Paper presented at Post45@RockHall, Cleveland, OH, April 2011.
"Narrative Migration: Repetition, Affect, and Ecological Kinship in Richard Powers' The Echo Maker." Paper presented at The International Conference on Narrative. Washington University in Saint Louis, April 2011.
"Life After Humanism." Paper presented at Theories of Life in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference. Rutgers University, February 2011.
"After the Land Ethic: Affect, Aesthetics, and Ecology." Paper presented at Contingent Communities: The Annual Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Conference. University of Minnesota, October 2010.
"Anatomy Lessons: Affect, Aesthetics, and September 11 Fiction." Keynote Address at The Annual Humanities Symposium, Point Park University. Pittsburgh, PA, April 2010.
"From Abstraction to Affectus: Notes on Form." Invited paper for "Marx or Spinoza?" seminar. American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2010.