Emily O. Wittman
Director of the Program in Comparative & World Literature
B.A. Yale, Philosophy
Visiting Fellow: École normale supérieure & École des hautes études en sciences sociales
Ph.D. Princeton, Comparative Literature
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of English. Before arriving at Alabama, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Humanities at Bilkent University (Turkey). My research and teaching interests include international modernism, the practice and theory of translation (with particular attention to modernism and translation), contemporary world literature, life-writing (from Tacitus and Augustine to contemporary nonfiction), and depictions of mental illness in twentieth-century literature. I am currently completing a monograph entitled Modernism and Translation.
I received the university-wide Outstanding Committment to Teaching Award in 2010 and served as a 2010-2013 Distinguished Teaching Fellow in the College of Arts & Sciences. I served as a 2015 faculty advisor for the Serbia Fellowship Experience.
The Cambridge Companion to Autobiography, co-edited with Maria DiBattista, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Modernism and Autobiography, co-edited with Maria DiBattista, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Guattari, Félix. Soft Subversions: Texts and Interviews 1977-1985. Ed. Sylvère Lotringer. Co-translated with Chet Wiener. Cambridge, MA: Semiotext(e)/The MIT Press, June 2009.
“Twentieth-Century Translations of Autobiography, Biography, and Correspondence.” The Oxford History of Literary Translation into English. Vol. 5. 1900-2000. Ed. Lawrence Venuti. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2017.
"Modernist Translation." The Cambridge History of Modernism. Ed. Vincent Sherry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
"Translation and the Modernist Novel." A History of the Modernist Novel. Ed. Gregory Castle, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
"'Death Before the Fact': Posthumous Autobiography in Jean Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight and Smile Please." Modernism and Autobiography. Eds. Maria DiBattista and Emily Wittman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
“Literary Narrative Prose and Translation Studies.” The Routledge Handbook of Translation Studies. New York: Routledge, 2012.
"Travel Writing," Hemingway in Context. Eds. Debra Moddelmog and Suzanne del Gizzo, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
“A Clean, Well-lighted Place for Killing: Nostalgia in Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon,” Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory: Eds. Mark Cirino and Mark P. Ott. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press. 2010. 186-203.
“Subterranean Collegiate Blues: Reading Bob Dylan’s Chronicles as a Required Freshman Text,” co-authored with Paul Wright. Substance, Judgement, and Evaluation: Seeking the Worth of a Liberal Arts, Core Text Education. Ed. J. Scott Lee et al. New York: University Press of America, 2010. 121-126.
“The Decline and Fall of Rachel Vinrace: Reading Gibbon in Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out,” Virginia Woolf and the Art of Exploration, Eds. Helen Southworth and Elisa K. Sparks, Clemson Press, 2006. 161-169.
"A Dispatch from Cojimar," UNSAID, forthcoming.
"The English Ward," Co-authored with MFA student Stephen Gropp-Hess, The New Orleans Review, 39.2, 2014.
"'Un des nôtres': Joseph Conrad and La Nouvelle Revue française," Conrad First, 2013.
"A Circuit of Ordeals: Nostalgia and the Romance of Hardship in Ernest Hemingway' Green Hills of Africa and Graham Greene's Journey Without Maps." Prose Studies, 33.1 (April 2011).
"The Prize-Granting Committee: Teaching Contemporary World Literature," Co-authored with undergraduate Danie Vollenweider. THEN. (2010)
“Twisted Tongues, Tied Hands: Translation Studies and the English Major.” Co-authored with undergraduate Katrina D. Windon. College English, 72.5 (May 2010): 449-469.
“An Award Heard Around the World? Ismail Kadare and the Inaugural Man Booker International Prize,” Expositions 1.1 (March 2007): 89-104.
“Dylan’s Back Pages as Curriculum,” co-authored with Paul Wright,The Chronicle of Higher Education, 54.7 (October 2007): B12-13.
"Cazgır: The Poet of Turkish Oil Wrestling," Co-translated with Zeynep Hülya Gümüş. Quarterly West, 2015.
Guattari, Félix. “Molecular Minorities.” Semiotext(e)/MIT Press, forthcoming, 2015.
“The Drowned Centaur,” an adaptation of Serge Gainsbourg's “La Noyée,” arranged, performed, and recorded by Marc Ribot, September, 2010. https://vimeo.com/128487506
In Shofar and Comparative Literature