Bridget Chalk

Professor, English


  • PHD, Brandeis University
  • MA, Brandeis University
  • BA, Villanova University

Courses Taught

English 110: College Writing

English 211: Written Communication

English 150: Roots of the Modern Age: Literature, Empire, Race

English 265: The Contemporary Global Novel

English 306: Introduction to Literary Study

English 310: British Literature II: The Romantics to the Present

English 346: Twentieth-Century Irish Literature

English 347: Literature and War

English 348: Postcolonial Literature

English 364: The Modern English Novel

English 399: Independent Study: James Joyce's Ulysses

  • Research

    Twentieth- and twenty-first century British literature and culture; modernism; colonial and post-colonial studies; history and theory of the novel; nationalism and cosmopolitanism; literary and critical theory; women and gender studies. I am working on a project featuring the ethical criticism of John Middleton Murry, and am in the beginning stages of a book project on modern novels and education.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    Modernism and Mobility: The Passport and Cosmopolitan Experience. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014.(Reviewed in Modernism/Modernity, Modern Fiction Studies, Journal of British Studies, Transfers, and JML: The Journal of Modern Literature)


    "The Semi-Public Sphere, Maternity and Regression in Rhys and Mansfield." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 28:3 (2017), 217-237.

    "John Middleton Murry." A Critical Biographical Essay. British Writers Supplement XXIII. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson-Gale, 2016.

    "Kay Boyle." A Critical Biographical Essay. American Writers Supplement XXIV. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson-Gale, 2013.

    “'Sensible of Being Etrangers’: Plots and Identity Papers in Banjo.” Twentieth-Century Literature 55.3 (Fall 2009): 357-377.

    “‘I Am Not England’: Narrative and National Identity in Aaron’s Rod and Sea and  Sardinia.” JML: The Journal of Modern Literature 31.4 (Summer 2008): 54-70.


    "John Middleton Murry and Ethical (Anti)Modernism." forthcoming in Modernism/Modernity

    "The 1980s: Key Figures and Contexts." The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction,1980-the present. Ed. Peter Boxall. Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2019.

    "Jean Rhys and Contemporary African Fiction." MLA Options for Teaching Modernist Women's Writing. Ed. Janine Utell. Publications of the Modern Language Association, forthcoming 2019.

    Reviews and Miscellany

    Review of Allan Hepburn, ed., Around 1945: Literature, Citizenship, Rights. Journal of British Studies 56.1 (January 2017): 199-201.

    Review of Peter Boxall, The Value of the Novel. Studies in the Novel 48.3 (Fall 2016): 384-85.

    "Alain Locke." Encyclopedia Entry for Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (2015).

    Review of David Ellis, Death and the Author: How D.H. Lawrence Died, and was Remembered. Journal of British Studies 48.4 (October 2009): 1041-1042.