Rebecca Walkowitz

Rebecca L. Walkowitz is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department and an affiliate faculty member in the Comparative Literature Program at Rutgers University. She writes and teaches courses about modernism, twentieth-century British and Anglophone fiction, the contemporary novel, translation, world literature, and transnational approaches to literary history. She served as President of the Modernist Studies Association in 2014-2015. Professor Walkowitz was a faculty member at the Institute for World Literature in June 2016 and was Visiting Hurst Professor at Washington University in St. Louis in March 2017. In 2015, she published Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature. In this study, Walkowitz considers how the idea of world literature, as a network of multilingual editions and audiences, has changed the aesthetic strategies and formal properties of contemporary writing. Born Translated recasts literary history as a series of convergences and divergences and builds a much-needed framework for reading translation’s effects on fictional works. Her first book, Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation (2006), was awarded Honorable Mention for the Perkins Prize from the International Society for the Study of Narrative.