Jennifer Spitzer

Jennifer Spitzer

Assistant Professor, Department of English
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

Specialty:Late 19th and 20th-Century Literature; Transatlantic Modernism; Gender and Sexuality
Phone:(607) 274-7056
Office:305 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Jennifer Spitzer specializes in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture. Her research and teaching focus on transatlantic modernism, psychoanalysis, literature and psychology, and gender and sexuality. Jennifer has taught at New York University (where she completed her Ph.D. in 2012), The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and Harvard University, as a Lecturer in History and Literature. She has published on Oscar Wilde in Oscholars and on D.H. Lawrence in Modernism/modernity (January 2014). Her research explores the discursive rivalries between modernism and psychoanalysis during the first half of the twentieth century in Britain. Drawing on the theory and practice of Roger Fry, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, and W.H. Auden, her current book project reconstructs debates between these authors and critics, and their psychoanalyst counterparts, with an eye to how such debates contributed to the formation of English modernism. 

Current Book Project:

Defending the Soul: British Modernism and the Resistance to Psychoanalysis


   “On Not Reading Freud: Amateurism, Expertise, and the ‘Pristine Unconscious’ in D.H.  
   Lawrence,” Modernism/modernity, 21.1, (January 2014).   

   “Unveiling the Dance of the Seven Veils: Oscar Wilde and the Power of Myth-Making,”  
   Special Issue on Oscar Wilde’s Salome, Oscholars, (Fall 2012).

   Review of the 2012 Cornell School of Criticism and Theory Program, In Theory, (Fall 2012).


Studies in Modern Literature: Sex, Gender, and Modernism (Fall 2013)

Madness and Modern Literature (Fall 2013)

Engendering Modernity: 20th-Century Women Writers (Spring 2014)

Modernism and Its Global Inheritors (co-taught with Professor Chris Holmes, Spring 2014)

Studies in the Novel: Woolf, Forster, Lawrence (Fall 2014)

Banned Books and Censorship Trials: Obscenity in the 20th Century (Fall 2014)



Ph.D. New York University (2012)

M.A. New York University (2008)

B.A. Wesleyan University (2002)

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