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 forthcoming book, Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism, examines 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
Ph.D. Rutgers University
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.
693 Contemporary American Literature: Feeling and Form (Fall 2011)
676 Twentieth Century American Literature: Nature and Its Discontents (Spring 2014)
511 Literary Theory (Spring 2013)
494 Senior Seminar: Why Literature? (Spring 2013)
472 Contemporary American Literature (Spring 2012, Fall 2010)
476 Twentieth Century Literature (Spring 2010)
359 Literature and Nature (Spring 2010, Fall 2014)
358 Literature of the Natural World (Fall 2011, Fall 2010)
245 Nature, Ecology, and Literature (Fall 2014)
230 Introduction to the Novel (Spring 2012, Spring 2014)
Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015.Compromise Aesthetics: Literature After Experimentalism, in progress.
Neoliberalism and Literature, ed. with Mitchum Huehls, in progress.
"Six Propositions on Compromise Aesthetics," essay solicited for inclusion in Postmodernism, Postwar, and After (University of Iowa Press, 2015), forthcoming.
"Novel Architectures: Kate Marshall's Corridor," Contemporary Literature, forthcoming 2014.
"Postmodernism and the Affective Turn," Twentieth-Century Literature 57:3 & 57:4 (Fall/Winter 2011): 423-446.
"Materialism, Ecology, Aesthetics," Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group 25:2 (Winter 2011): 61-78.
"Organic Shrapnel: Affect and Aesthetics in September 11 Fiction," American Literature 83:1 (March 2011): 153-174.
"Ecology Beyond Ecology: Life After the Accident in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Trilogy," Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies 55:3 (Fall 2009): 545-565.
"Grief Time: The Crisis of Narrative in Don DeLillo's The Body Artist," Polygraph: An International Journal of Culture and Politics 18 (2006): 99-110.
Invited Lectures and Seminars
"Personal and Impersonal," invited lecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Americanists Group, April 2014.
"Impersonal Feelings," invited contribution to the Post45 Symposium, Stanford University, November 2012.
"Neoliberalism and the Aesthetics of Self-Care," invited lecture, University of Missouri Department of English Research Symposium, Columbia, MO, September 2011.
"Anatomy Lessons: Affect, Aesthetics, and September 11 Fiction," invited keynote address for The Annual Humanities Symposium, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2010.
Selected Conference Presentations
"Compromise Aesthetics," The Modern Language Association, Vancouver, CA, January 2015.
"Neoliberalism and Literary Form," The American Comparative Literature Association, NYU, April 2014.
"Notes on Compromise Aesthetics," The Association for the Study of Arts of the Present, Detroit, MI, October 2013.
Moderator, "Ecology without Nature, Cities without Architecture, Art without Artists, or the Aesthetic Politics of Going "OOO," The Association for the Study of Arts of the Present, Detroit, October 2013.
Moderator, "Towards a Literary History of Neoliberalism," The Association for the Study of Arts of the Present, Detroit, October 2013.
"Disowning Feelings: Ecopoetics, Affect, Neoliberalism," The Conference on Ecopoetics, Berkeley, CA, February 2013.
"The Subject of Fiction: Affect and Narrative Form," The American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, Providence, RI, April 2012.
"Neither Here Nor There: Distributed Affects, Narrative Form, and Neoliberalism," The International Conference on Narrative, Las Vegas, NV, March 2012.
"Pushing the Limits: Aesthetics in the Age of Neoliberalism," Association for the Study of Arts of the Present, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2011.
"Biologizing Postmodernism," Post45 Conference, Cleveland, OH, April 2011.
"Narrative Migration: Repetition, Affect, and Ecological Kinship in Richard Powers' The Echo Maker," The International Conference on Narrative, Washington University in Saint Louis, April 2011.
"Life After Humanism," Theories of Life in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Rutgers University, February 2011.
"After the Land Ethic: Affect, Aesthetics, and Ecology," Contingent Communities, University of Minnesota, October 2010.
"From Abstraction to Affectus: Notes on Form," American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2010.