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Michael V. MosesMichael V. Moses  
Associate Professor Emeritus

Office Location: 303G Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: +1 919 684 8880
Email Address: mmoses@duke.edu

Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 3:00 p.m.  - 5:00 p.m. & by appointment.


Ph.D., University of Virginia

M.A., University of Virginia

Beinecke and Rotary Fellow, New College, Oxford University

A.B., Harvard University

British Literature
Modern to Contemporary
Postcolonial Literature
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 UP, 1995), and has edited several collections of critical essays including The Writings of J. M. Coetzee (Duke UP, 1994), Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939 (Duke UP, 2007), and Modernism and Cinema, (Edinburgh UP, 2010). His articles and reviews have appeared in Modernism/Modernity, Kenyon Review, Modernist Cultures, Latin American Literary Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, Literary Imagination, Journal of Literary Studies, Safundi, Journal x, Margin, Reason, and essay collections from Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Duke, and Kentucky University Presses and from Blackwell and Palgrave/St. Martin Presses. His main interests are in modern comparative literature (especially British, Irish and postcolonial), the history of film, and in the interdisciplinary study of literature, political philosophy, and economics. Professor Moses is currently at work on a book project, Nation of the Dead: The Politics of Irish Literature, 1890 to the Present. He is co-editor of the journal, Modernist Cultures, published by Edinburgh University Press, contributing editor to Reason, and a member of the advisory boards of Modern Fiction Studies, jouvert, and CONTEXT. 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. He is former Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Valdez Moses, M. The Novel and the Globalization of Culture.  Oxford UP, 1995.
  2.  Modernism and Cinema.  Edinburgh UP, May 2010.  (a special issue of Modernist Cultures)
  3.  Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939.  Duke UP, 2007.
  4.  The Writings of J.M. Coetzee.  Duke UP, 1994.  (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." The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Ed. Peter Brooker, Andrzej Gasiorek, Deborah Parsons, and Andrew Thacker. Oxford University Press, 2011. 
  7. Valdez Moses, M. "The Dream Factory: Solaris, Cinema, and Simulacra." The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh. Ed. Sanders, SM; Palmer, RB. University Press of Kentucky, 2011. 
  8. Valdez Moses, M. "Globalization and the Novel." The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Ed. Shaffer, BW. Blackwell, 2011. 
  9. Valdez Moses, M. "Savage Nations: Native Americans and the Western." Philosophy of the Western. Ed. McMahon, J; Csaki, BS. University Press of Kentucky, 2010. 
  10. Moses Valdez, M. "A Modernist Cinema?." Modernist Cultures Ed. Valdez Moses, M. 5.1Edinburgh University Press, (May, 2010): 1-8. [doi]
  11. Valdez Moses, M. "Nietzsche." W. B. Yeats in Context. Ed. Holdeman, D; Levitas, B. Cambridge University Press, 2010. 
  12. Valdez Moses, M. "The Strange Ride of Wikus van de Merwe (Roundtable Review on District 9 )." Safundi 11.1 (2010)
  13. Moses, MV. "“King of the Amphibians”: Elizabeth costello and coetzee’s metamorphoric fictions." Journal of Literary Studies Ed. Sanders, M; Ruttenburg, N. 25.4Informa UK Limited, (January, 2009): 25-38. [doi]  [abs]
  14. Valdez Moses, M. "Kingdom of Darkness: Autonomy and Conspiracy in The X-Files and Millenium." The Philosophy of TV Noir. Ed. Sanders, SM; Skoble, AJ. University Press of Kentucky, 2008. 
  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." Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939. Ed. Begam, R; Moses, MV. Duke University Press, 2007. 
  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). (http://www.reason.com/hod/mvm093005.shtml) [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 11.3Johns Hopkins University Press, (2004): 561-579. [doi]
  19. Valdez Moses, M. Back to the Future: The Nostalgic Yet Progressive Appeal of Wizards, Hobbits, and Jedi Knights.  Reason (July, 2003). [cr.mm.back.shtml]
  20. Valdez Moses, M. "Virtual Warriors: Nostalgia, the Battlefield, and Boomer Cinema."   [cr.mm.virtual.shtml]
  21. Valdez Moses, M. "Magical Realism at World’s End." Literary Imagination 3.1 (Winter, 2001): 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) [cr.mm.big.shtml]
  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.) [cr.mm.the.shtml]
  24. Valdez Moses, M. Rendezvous with Density: The FDR Memorial and the Clinton Era.  Reason (April, 2001). [cr.mm.a.shtml]
  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." Theoretical Issues in Literary History. Ed. Perkins, D. Harvard UP, 1991. 
  30. Valdez Moses, M. "Lust Removed from Nature." New Essays on White Noise. Ed. Lentricchia, F. Cambridge UP, 1991. 
  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)

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