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Nico Israel
Position: Professor, English.
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Phone: (212) 817-8344
Room Number: 4404
Office Hours: Available by appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: B.A., UCLA, Ph.D., Yale.
Research Interests: Twentieth- and twenty-first-century literatures; literary and critical theory; twentieth- and twenty-first-century visual art and art history.
Specialization: Literature after 1945|Modernism|Poetics and Aesthetic Theory|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory|Twenty-first-Century and Contemporary Literature|Visual Culture

Professor Nico Israel’s areas of expertise include twentieth-century British, Irish, U.S. and European literature; literary and critical theory; and art history and visual culture. His primary research is in modernist studies. He also works in the fields of post-1945 literature, post-colonial and globalization studies, translation studies and “World” literature.

Professor Israel is the author of two books, Outlandish: Writing between Exile and Diaspora (Stanford, 2000) and Spirals: The Whirled Image in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art (Columbia, 2015). He has also published numerous academic essays on modernist and contemporary literature and theory and over 75 pieces on contemporary visual art, many of them for Artforum. His two most recent publications include an essay on Samuel Beckett’s theater and fiction and Giorgio Agamben’s conception of “the gag” (in the Cambridge collection Modernism, Postcolonialism, and Globalism), due out in early 2019; and an essay on the constructed international language Esperanto, James Joyce's novels Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, and the relation between language-as-such and gesture (in Modernism/Modernity), published in January 2017.

He has lectured widely–both domestically (at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Otis College of Art and Design, and DIA-Beacon), and abroad (in France, Britain, Australia, Colombia and Cuba), and has participated in more than thirty academic conferences. Essays of his have been translated into French, German, Polish, Spanish and/or Euskera (Basque).

Professor Israel has been on the faculty of the English Program of the CUNY Graduate Center since 2009. Recent courses he has taught include “Beckett and Sustainability” (2016),  ”Literature’s Wake” (2015), “On Spirals” (2013), “Modernist Poetry and Poetics (2012), and “Literature and Human Rights” (2011).


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