Rutgers University, MA
Cornell University, PhD

Educated at Rutgers and Cornell, Ira Nadel has concentrated on the Victorians and Moderns, while pursuing the critical and practical matters of biography. His research has led him to the island of Hydra for Leonard Cohen, back stage at the National Theatre, London for Tom Stoppard and into the archives at the Library of Congress for work on Philip Roth. In addition to these projects, he has published on Ezra Pound, James Joyce, David Foster Wallace and Virginia Woolf. He has also worked on three books with the San Francisco architect Donald MacDonald and continued his on-air interests in radio with, first, CBC Vancouver and now CITR on campus. He has lectured in England, France, Germany, Israel, China, Australia and, most recently, Korea. His awards include a Killam Research Prize, a Yale Beinecke Library Fellowship, a Dorot Fellowship at the Ransom Center of the University of Texas and, for 2016, a two month fellowship at the Australian National University, Canberra. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a UBC Distinguished University Scholar.



Books (selected):

  • Virginia Woolf. London: Reaktion, 2016.
  • Cathay, Ezra Pound’s Orient. Melbourne: Penguin, 2015.
  • Modernism’s Second Act. NY: Palgrave, 2013.
  • Ezra Pound in Context, ed. IB Nadel. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011.
  • Critical Companion to Philip Roth. NY: Facts on File, 2011.
  • David Mamet, A Life in the Theatre. 2008. Rev. with new afterword. NY: Palgrave, 2011.
  • Various Positions, A Life of Leonard Cohen. Rev. 2nd ed. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 2007.
  • Cambridge Introduction to Ezra Pound. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007.

Articles (selected):

  • “Beckett, Proust and the Darkroom,” Journal of Modern Fiction, forthcoming.
  • “Copyright , Empire and The Politics of Print,” Topia, Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 2015 forthcoming.
  • “White Rain: 9/11 and American Fiction,” Canadian Review of American Studies, 45.2 (2015): 125-48.
  • “Apollinaire/ Stein/ Picasso,” Journal of English Language and Literature, 61 (June 2015): 173-191.
  • “‘The Nature of Fun’: The Late Essays of David Foster Wallace,” David Foster Wallace, Critical Insights, ed. Philip Coleman. Amenia, NY: Grey House, 2015. 209-20.
  • “The Fingerprint or The Photograph? The Fiction of Biographical Facts,” English Language and Literature 60.1 (2014) 59-76.
  • “Ezra Pound and MI 5,” Paideuma 40 (2013): 327-47.
  • “Philip Roth and Film,” Roth and Celebrity, ed. Aimee Pozorski. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012. 47-66.
  • “Boxing with Brecht: David Mamet and Bertolt Brecht,” Journal of Dramatic theory and Criticism, XXVI (2011): 103-24.