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):

  • Placemakers, Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs, A Short History of Real Estate Development. With Herb Auerbach. Vancouver: Figure 1 Publishing, 2016.
  • 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, 2010.
  • 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):

  • “Oriental Bloomsbury,” Modernist Cultures. Special Issue on Global Modernism. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • “Mansfield, Movement and Dance,” Katherine Mansfield Annual, ed. Gayla Diment, Gerri Kimber, et al. 89-106. Forthcoming, 2017.
  • “Laughter in Jerusalem: Eichmann, Brecht and Arendt,” Clio 45.3 (2017).  Forthcoming, 2017.
  • “Beckett, Proust and the Darkroom,” Journal of Modern Literature, forthcoming.
  • “Father and Daughter, Leslie Stephen and Virginia Woolf,” Journal of English Language and Literature, 62: 2 (June 2016): 177-94.
  •  “The Ethics of Transformative Texts,” Foreign Literature Studies,  38.4 (2016): 7-14. Wuhan University, China.
  •  “Oriental Woolf,” Affirmations: of the Modern (Australia). 4.1 (2016): 65-91. Special issue on transnational modernisms.
  •  “‘Count Me In,’ Comedy in Dracula,” Victorian Literary Cultures, Studies in Textual Subversion, ed. Kenneth Womack and James M. Decker. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, 2016, 129-152.
  •  “Roth @25: Publishing Goodbye, Columbus,” Roth After 80, ed. David Gooblar and Aimee Pozorski. Lanham, MD: Lexington, Books, 2016. 19-27.
  •  “The Bloomsbury Short Story,” Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 10.1 (2016): 5-19. Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
  • “Copyright , Empire and The Politics of Print,” Topia 93 (2015): 29-51.
  • “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.