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Rishona Zimring

Professor of English

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Rishona Zimring grew up in Chicago, and went on to attend college and graduate school at Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1993. Her dissertation, “Genealogies of the Modern Metropolis: Gender and Urban Space in Zola, Gissing, James, and Conrad,” was awarded a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities. She has published articles in Modern Fiction Studies, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Woolf Studies Annual, Literature/Film Quarterly, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Katherine Mansfield Studies, Modernism/Modernity, and Modernist Cultures.In 2005, she organized the annual conference on Virginia Woolf: The Art of Exploration. She is co-editor (with Urmila Seshagiri, University of Tennessee) of The Art of Exploration: Papers from the Fifteenth Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference (Literature Compass/Blackwell, 2007). 

At Lewis & Clark, she teaches courses on modernist and post-WWII British fiction, Joyce and Woolf, postcolonial literature, women writers, gender and aesthetic expression, and literary landscapes. Her book Social Dance and the Modernist Imagination in Interwar Britain (Ashgate Press, 2013) was supported by a fellowship from the Mellon Foundation. In 2014-2015, she will co-lead seminars on Bloomsbury (with Urmila Seshagiri) and interdisciplinary modernist scholarship (with Carrie Preston, Boston University) at the annual Woolf and modernist studies conferences, and she will hold a fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago for her ongoing work on modernism and dance.


Modernism, 20th-century British literature, Postcolonial literature

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 1993, B.A. 1985, Yale University

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