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Karen Steigman

Department of English

Associate Professor and Director of Film Studies

PhD, University of Minnesota 
MA, SUNY-Buffalo
BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, SUNY-Buffalo

Research and Teaching Interests
20th/21st Anglophone literatures
Postcolonial literature and theory
Post-1945 American literature
Film studies
The political novel


  • " 'More electrical than ethical': Joan Didion and Empathy." Rethinking Empathy through LIterature, eds. Meghan Marie Hammond and Sue J. Kim. New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • "The Literal American: Re-reading Graham Greene in an Age of Security." College Literature 39.1 (Winter 2012): 1-26. 
  • "Cold War Intimacies: Joan Didion and the Critique of Postcolonial Reason." American Literature and Culture in an Age of Cold War, eds. Steven Belletto and Daniel Grausam. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2012.
  • Review of Sanjay Krishnan, Reading the Global: Troubling Perspectives on Britain’s Empire in Asia (NY: Columbia UP, 2007) in Modern Fiction Studies 55.4 (December 2009): 866-88.
  • "'The Student is a Far Stranger Figure': Managing Literary Studies’ Anxiety in the Global University." Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 37.1 (Spring 2004): 23-31. Special issue on "The University," ed. Jeffrey Williams

Recent Courses 
"Disaster Narratives," "American Cinema in the 1970s," "Conrad and Other Agents: Greene, Naipaul, Didion," "The Global American Novel," "Postcolonial Literature and Theory," "Feminism and Film"

Senior Project Interests 
Anything related to 20th and 21st century American or British literatures, postcolonial literatures, political thrillers (fiction and film), cold war literature, Caribbean literature, and film studies.


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