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Michael V. Moses, Associate Professor, English

Michael V. Moses
Contact Info:
Office Location:  319 Allen
Office Phone:  919-684-8880
Email Address: send me a message

Office Hours:

Wednesdays: 1:00 - 2:15pm

Ph.D.University of Virginia1987
M.A.University of Virginia1982
Beinecke and Rotary FellowNew College, Oxford University1980
A.B. Harvard University1979

British Literature
Modern to Contemporary
Postcolonial Literature
Research Interests: British Literature; 20th Century/Modernist Studies

Michael Valdez Moses grew up in Los Angeles and was educated at Harvard, New College, Oxford, and the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Novel and the Globalization of Culture (Oxford, 1995) and the editor of a collection of critical essays, The Writings of J. M. Coetzee (Duke,1994). His articles and reviews have appeared in Kenyon Review, Latin American Literary Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, Literary Imagination, Journal x, Books in Canada, Reason, The Weekly Standard, and essay collections from Harvard, Duke and Cambridge University Presses. His main interests are in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish, British, postcolonial and Third World literature and theory. His research and teaching encompass the interdisciplinary study of literature, political philosophy, and economics. Professor Moses is currently at work on two book projects, Nation of the Dead: The Politics of Irish Literature 1890-1990 and Strange Encounters: Global Modernity, Cultural Hybridity, and the Archaic, and is co-editing a collection of critical essays, Modernism and Colonialism. Former Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department, he is a member of the advisory board of Modern Fiction Studies, jouvert, CONTEXT, and Journal x. Professor Moses is an affiliated member of the faculty in the Program in Literature and a founding member of the Gerst Program for Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies at Duke.

Areas of Interest:

British Literature
20th Century LieraGenre Theory
Spanish-American Literature


Europe • Britain • Ireland • Third World • Postcolonial • Literature • Theory • Modernism

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Timothy Wientzen  
  • Timothy S Wright  
  • Brian C Valentyn  
  • Kris A. Weberg  
  • Alexander Ruch  
  • Firat Oruc  
  • Timothy S Wright  
  • Keith R. Jones  
  • Charles J. Del Dotto  
  • Alex Feerst  
  • Anne W Gulick  
  • Stacy B Lavin  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Valdez Moses, M, The Novel and the Globalization of Culture (1995), Oxford UP
  2. Modernism and Cinema, edited by Moses, MV (May, 2010), Edinburgh UP (a special issue of Modernist Cultures.)
  3. Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939, edited by Moses, MV; Begam, R (2007), Duke UP
  4. The Writings of J.M. Coetzee, edited by Moses, MV (1994), Duke UP (a special issue of South-Atlantic Quarterly.)
  5. Nation of the Dead: The Politics of Irish Literature 1890 to the Present (in progress)
  6. Modernists as Critics, in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms, edited by Peter Brooker, Andrzej Gasiorek, Deborah Parsons, and Andrew Thacker (January, 2011), Oxford University Press
  7. Valdez Moses, M, The Dream Factory: Solaris, Cinema, and Simulacra, in The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh, edited by Sanders, SM; Palmer, RB (2011), University Press of Kentucky
  8. Valdez Moses, M, Globalization and the Novel, in The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, edited by Shaffer, BW (2011), Blackwell
  9. Valdez Moses, M, Savage Nations: Native Americans and the Western, in Philosophy of the Western, edited by McMahon, J; Csaki, BS (December, 2010), University Press of Kentucky
  10. Moses Valdez, M, A Modernist Cinema?, edited by Valdez Moses, M, Modernist Cultures, vol. 5 no. 1 (May, 2010), pp. 1-8, Edinburgh University Press [doi]
  11. Valdez Moses, M, Nietzsche, in W. B. Yeats in Context, edited by Holdeman, D; Levitas, B (2010), Cambridge University Press
  12. Valdez Moses, M, The Strange Ride of Wikus van de Merwe (Roundtable Review on District 9 ), Safundi, vol. 11 no. 1 (2010)
  13. Moses, MV, “King of the Amphibians”: Elizabeth costello and coetzee’s metamorphoric fictions, edited by Sanders, M; Ruttenburg, N, Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 25 no. 4 (January, 2009), pp. 25-38, Informa UK Limited [doi]  [abs]
  14. Valdez Moses, M, Kingdom of Darkness: Autonomy and Conspiracy in The X-Files and Millenium, in The Philosophy of TV Noir, edited by Sanders, SM; Skoble, AJ (2008), University Press of Kentucky
  15. Valdez Moses, M, State of Discontent: J.M. Coetzee’s Anti-political Fiction, Reason (July, 2008) (Review article of Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee.) [html]
  16. Valdez Moses, M, Disorientalism: Conrad and the Imperial Origins of Modernist Aesthetics, in Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939, edited by Begam, R; Moses, MV (2007), Duke University Press
  17. Valdez Moses, M, Blockbuster Wars: Revenge of the Zeitgeist—What Bruce Wayne and Anakin Skywalker Can Tell Us About America’s Political Mood, Reason Online (September, 2005) ( [mvm093005.shtml]
  18. Valdez Moses, M, The rebirth of tragedy: Yeats, Nietzsche, the Irish national Theatre, and the anti-modern cult of Cuchulain, Modernism Modernity, vol. 11 no. 3 (2004), pp. 561-579, Johns Hopkins University Press, ISSN 1071-6068 [doi]
  19. Valdez Moses, M, Back to the Future: The Nostalgic Yet Progressive Appeal of Wizards, Hobbits, and Jedi Knights, Reason (July, 2003) []
  20. Valdez Moses, M, Virtual Warriors: Nostalgia, the Battlefield, and Boomer Cinema (January, 2002) []
  21. Valdez Moses, M, Magical Realism at World’s End, Literary Imagination, vol. 3 no. 1 (Winter, 2001), pp. 105-133 (Republished electonically in Margin, Feb., 2002.) [html]
  22. Valdez Moses, M, Big Daddy: The Dictator Novel and the Liberation of Latin America, Reason (August, 2002) (Review article of The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa.) []
  23. Valdez Moses, M, The Poet as Politician: The ideological odyssey of W. B. Yeats, Reason (February, 2001) (Review article of The Life of W. B. Yeats by Terence Brown, W. B. Yeats: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 by R. F. Foster, and Yeat's Ghosts: The Secret Life of W. B. Yeats by Brenda Maddox; republished in republished in Beyond Ben Bulben: Newsletter of the Australian Yeats Society, January, 2002, January, 2002..) []
  24. Valdez Moses, M, Rendezvous with Density: The FDR Memorial and the Clinton Era, Reason (April, 2001) []
  25. Valdez Moses, M, Agon in the Marketplace: The Major of Casterbridge as Bourgeois Tragedy, South Atlantic Quarterly (Spring, 1988) (Republished in Julian Wolfrey, New Casebooks: The Mayor of Casterbridge, Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, 2000.)
  26. Valdez Moses, M, The Irish Vampire: Dracula, Parnell, and the Troubled Dreams of Nationhood, Journal X (Fall, 1997)
  27. Valdez Moses, M, Solitary Walkers: Rousseau and Coetzee’s Life & Times of Michael K, South Atlantic Quarterly (Winter, 1994)
  28. Valdez Moses, M, The Mark of Empire: Writing, History, and Torture in Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians, Kenyon Review (Winter, 1993)
  29. Valdez Moses, M, Caliban and His Precursors: The Politics of Literary History and the Third World, in Theoretical Issues in Literary History, edited by Perkins, D (1991), Harvard UP
  30. Valdez Moses, M, Lust Removed from Nature, in New Essays on White Noise, edited by Lentricchia, F (1991), Cambridge UP
  31. Valdez Moses, M, The Sadly Rejoicing Slave: Beckett, Joyce, and Destructive Parody, Modern Fiction Studies (Winter, 1985)
  32. The Lost Steps: The Faustian Artist in the New World, Latin American Literary Review (Spring-Summer, 1984)