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Michael Rubenstein

Associate Professor
James Joyce; 20th-Century Irish Literature; 20th-Century British and Anglophone Literature; Postcolonial Literature; Modernism; Psychoanalysis; The Novel; Film; Environmentalism and the Humanities
Also affiliated with The Humanities Institute and The Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory (CAT)
Humanities 1092
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  • Biography

    Michael Rubenstein specializes in post-1945 Anglophone literature and culture; Irish Modernism; James Joyce; Film; and the Environmental Humanities. His most recent book,  Modernism and Its Environments (London Bloomsbury, 2020), was co-authored with Justin Neuman. His previous book,  Public Works: Infrastructure, Irish Modernism, and the Postcolonial    (Notre Dame: 2010), received the Modernist Studies Association Prize for Best Book of 2010 and the American Conference for Irish Studies Robert Rhodes Prize for a Book on Literature. He is co-editor, with Sophia Beal and Bruce Robbins, of a special issue of Modern Fiction Studies on "Infrastructuralism" (2015). His current project,  Life Support: Fictions of Energy and Environment , examines the figure of the pipeline (aqueducts, transmission lines, and oil pipelines) in a selection of postwar Anglophone film and fiction. At Stony Brook he teaches classes in “British Cinema,” “The New Hollywood,” “Irish Modernism,” “Empire and Global English,” and “Energy Humanities.”  

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