I am an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. My current book project focuses on the figured crowds of British and Irish modernism and on modern and contemporary theories of democracy and collective identification and action. I also hold general interests in modernist studies, critical, postcolonial, and cultural theory, intersectional work in feminism, gender, race, and sexuality, media and technology studies, literature and music, and literature and environment. I have published articles on Joyce, Conrad, Wilde, and modernist feminisms and environmentalisms. At UBC, I teach courses in modern British and Irish literature, and modernist studies and theory, alongside specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in my research fields.
I received an M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (Dec. 2013) in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. s.c.l. in English from the University of Scranton. Please find more information about my work and interests at blogs.ubc.ca/jpaltin.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of English in modernism, 20th-century studies, literary and cultural theory, and historical surveys of Anglophone literature. I have longstanding interests in active learning methods, research-supported best practices and effective instructional technologies. Before coming to UBC, I taught as a teaching associate and assistant in English, Writing and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I also hold a secondary teaching certificate in English, and have taught secondary-level English, music and Latin. My undergraduate students have called me “a great instructor,” “very knowledgeable,” “energetic,” “approachable,” and said my courses have “great content” and are “thought provoking.” My teaching is built on a commitment to educational equity that provides a diverse body of university students with a climate of high expectation and useful scaffolding, asking students to take creativity-enhancing intellectual risks in response to challenging assignments. I welcome graduate projects in modernism, twentieth-century postcolonial, cultural, and material studies, intersectional work in feminism, gender, race, and sexuality, and media and technology studies.
- “Music, Intermediality and Shock in Ulysses.” The James Joyce Quarterly, accepted, issue not yet scheduled.
- “Problems with Theory of Mind in Victory,” Conradiana 1-2 (2015), pp. 95-107 | DOI:10.1353/cnd.2015.0006.
- “‘An Infected Carrier of the Past’: Modernist Nature as the Ground of Anti-Realism,” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 20.4 (2013), 778-794.
- “Conrad’s Agile Crowds,” The Conradian 1 (2013), 1-21.
- “Trifling Farce or Lyric Drama? The Clue Tendered by Algy’s Romantic Blunder in The Importance of Being Earnest,” The Wildean 39 (2011), 116-20.
- “Frustrated Energies in Modernism’s Female Arrangements,” Affective Ecologies of the Modernist Body, edited by Robin Hackett, Molly Volanth Hall, and Kara Watts. Gainesville, FL: UP of Florida, forthcoming
- “Temporizing Modernities: Review of Nicholas, Jane, The Modern Girl: Feminism Modernities, the Body, and Commodities in the 1920s and Gifford, James, Personal Modernisms: Anarchist Networks and the Later Avant-Gardes,” Canadian Literature 225, 141-2. (in print May 2016)
- “Adaptive Anxieties: Strategic Confrontations in Eco-Joyce” (review of Brazeau, Robert, and Derek Gladwin. Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce. Cork: Cork University Press, 2014). Journal of Ecocriticism,
- “Review of Robert Hampson’s Conrad’s Secrets (2013),” Conradiana 3 (in print Summer 2016).
- “Franz Rosenzweig,” Routledge Online Encyclopedia of Modernism (published March 2016), web.
SSHRC IDG-funded project, 2015-2017
Project Title: Modernism’s Agile Crowds
This project is concerned with ways in which modernist crowds may deploy polymorphic and expansive identities and the energies of their enthusiasms to create a new repertoire of languages, gestures, and responses to interpellation. http://blogs.ubc.ca/jpaltin/projects-and-affiliations/
I am affiliated with Green College, a graduate residential college at UBC, as a member of the first cohort of the new Leading Scholars Program.
Other professional memberships: MLA, International James Joyce Foundation, Modernist Studies Association, British Association of Modernist Studies, Joseph Conrad Societies of NA and of UK, North American Victorian Studies Assn., Popular Culture Assn., Assn. for the Study of Literature and Environment