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Tamar Katz has research interests in twentieth-century literature, with a focus on British modernism, urban literature, and gender studies.
Katz is the author of Impressionist Subjects; Gender, Interiority, and Modernist Fiction in England (U Illinois Press, 2000), as well as a number of articles on twentieth-century fiction. She is now at work on a book entitled City Memories: Modernism and Urban Nostalgia. She holds a courtesy appointment in the Urban Studies Program.
Professor Katz works on 20th-century literature, focusing in particular on modernism, urban studies, and gender studies. Her first book, Impressionist Subjects: Gender, Interiority, and Modernist Fiction in England (Urbana: U Illinois P, 2000), examined late-19th- and early-20th-century literary impressionism; it analyzed the way representations of consciousness took up broader cultural debates about private and public spheres, which changed as middle-class women moved into public life.
She is currently working on a book project tentatively entitled City Memories: Modernism and Urban Nostalgia. This book focuses on writing about New York City to rethink modernism's association of urban culture with the new. It analyzes early-twentieth-century representations of demolished buildings and vanished public spaces, to analyze the way that the city has been defined through perpetual loss. Chapters include "Urban Nostalgia and the Historical Novel," "Documentary and the City," "Public Space, Private Memory," and "Journalism and the Anecdote."
Ph.D. Cornell University, 1992, M.A. Cornell University, 1989, B.A. Yale College, 1983
Bronson Fellowship, English Department, Brown University, fall 1996
Guilford Essay Prize for excellence in English prose in a doctoral dissertation, Cornell University, 1992
Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, Cornell University, Spring 1992
Elisha Van Deusen Fellowship, Cornell University, Spring 1991
Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University, 1985-86
Member, Modernist Studies Association, American Studies Association, Modern Language Association
Professor Katz teaches courses on twentieth-century literature, the city and literature, and gender studies.