Dr. Ilana Blumberg

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Dr. Ilana Blumberg
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Fields of interest

Nineteenth-century British literature, ethics and literature, material culture and economics, autobiography. creative non-fiction

Current Book Project: “'Open Your Hand': Teaching as a Jew, Teaching as an American."  

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Education

Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania, 2001      

M.A., English and Creative Writing, University of Pennsylvania, 1995

B.A., English, summa cum laude, Barnard College, Columbia University, 1993

           

Honors, Fellowships, and Grants

Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Institute, Fellowship, July 2014

Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award, 2010

MSU/Israeli Universities Cooperative Fund Grant, 2009

Faculty Development Grant, James Madison College, 2007, 2014

Awards for Houses of Study (2007):

Shortlist, Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature ($100,000), 2008

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Choice Award, Jewish Book Council of America, 2008

Second Prize, National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies, Jewish Book Council of America 2007

Finalist, Moment Magazine Emerging Writer Award, 2007

National Humanities Center, Summer Institute in Literary Studies, Fellowship, July 2005

American Association of University Women, American Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004-2005

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Arts Grant in Creative Writing, November 2000

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, May 2000

A.W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, 1998-‘99

Steinberg Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1997-‘98

Patrick Day Essay Prize, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, 1997

Prize in Jewish Fiction, American Jewish Cultural Project, Philadelphia, 1997

Phi Beta Kappa, Barnard College, 1992

Centennial Scholar, Barnard College, 1989-‘93

Prizes in Prose, Barnard College 1991-‘93

 

Selected Conference Papers

"Converting Towards and Away: The Case of George Eliot and Modern Ethics." "The Uses of Religion in Nineteenth-Century Studies," Baylor University, March 2016.

"Failed Marriages, Flawed Marriages: Nineteenth-Century Rewritings of the Marriage Plot." British Women Writers' Conference, Columbia University, June 2015.

“Post-Traumatic Narratives: Writing as Ethical Redress of the Surreal.” International Society for the Study of Narrative, MIT, Cambridge, March 2014

 “George Eliot’s Local and Global: the Fear of Strangers, the Embrace of Adoption.” British Association of Victorian Studies/ North American Victorian Studies Association International Conference, Venice, June 2013

“Sacred Play in Robert Elsmere.” NAVSA, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, November 2011

“Sacrifice and Suicide in A Tale of Two Cities.”  Dickens International Conference, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, June 2009

“’Love Yourself as Your Neighbor’: The Ethics of Mid-Victorian Novels.” NAVSA, Purdue University, August 2006

“Trollope’s Heroines, His Heroes and the Sacrifice of Sacrifice.”  Trollope and Gender, University of Exeter. July 2006

Special Session Organizer, “Victorian Altruism and Egoism.”  MLA, Philadelphia, December 2004.

“Trollope’s Ethic of Mutual Benefit.” MLA, Philadelphia, December 2004

“The Next Generation: Contemporary Jewish Women Writers.” Jewish Women Writing Feminism, University of Michigan, October 2004

“Angels of the House.” Creative Prose Panel, M/MLA, Chicago, November 2003

 

Teaching Appointments

Senior Lecturer with tenure, Bar Ilan University, Israel. 2014-present

Associate Professor with tenure, Humanities, Culture and Writing; Jewish Studies. James Madison College, Michigan State University. 2011-2015

Assistant Professor, James Madison College, Michigan State University, 2005-2011

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, University of Michigan, 2001- 2004

Instructor in English, Barnard College, 1999

Lecturer in English, College of General Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1998-2000

Instructor in Bible, Continuing Education, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 2001-2004

Instructor in Bible and Biblical Hebrew, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, New York,1997-2002

 

Selected Speaking Engagements

Ben Gurion University Humanities Faculty Colloquium, Invited Speaker, November 2015.

Kisufim Conference, Memoir Workshop, November 2015, Jerusalem, Israel

The Writing Pad, Guest Writer, June 2013, August 2014, Jerusalem, Israel

Winter Seminar in Creative Nonfiction. January 28-29, 2013. Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Michigan Psychoanalytical Institute. January 2012, May 2011, October 2010; Birmingham and Ann Arbor, MI

“Preparing Future Faculty”; U of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, October 4, 2011

Seminar Leader, Creative Non-Fiction, Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Bar Ilan University, Israel, July 20-22, 2009

Gallery talk, “The History of the Haggadah.” Works on Paper gallery in the Kresge Art Museum and Special Collections in the MSU Library, March 2009

Spertus College of Judaica, Fall 2008, Chicago

Metro Detroit Tri-Synagogue Women's Project, “Book Nite Out: Houses of Study,” April 26, 2008. Jewish Community Center, Oak Park

Hadassah/MSU Jewish Studies Brunch, November 28, 2007

Book Presentation, MSU Jewish Studies and James Madison College, November 1, 2007

Jewish Book Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, Oak Park, November 14, 2007

Jewish Book Fair, Ann Arbor, November 18, 2007

Nextbook (national Jewish cultural and literary organization), Chicago, Jan. 17, 2008

Michigan Writers Series, Michigan State University Libraries, February 12, 2008

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL, March 9, 2008

Scholar-in-residence at Congregation Anshe Sholom, Chicago, June 2008

Lecturer on Midrash and Bible, Congregation Beth Israel, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Fall 2003

Nineteenth-Century Forum, University of Michigan, Fall 2001

 

Related Experience

Consultant on Bilingual Education, Beit Rabban Center for Research in Jewish Education, New York; Morasha-Lauder Day School, Warsaw, Poland, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago.

Consultant on Writing Workshops for Emergent Readers, Beit Rabban Center for Research in Jewish Education, New York

 

Peer review

Victorian Studies, 2014 

Nineteenth-Century Literature, 2014

Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN), 2014

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, 2014

Victorian Review, 2012

 

Service

Chair, Humanities Field, James Madison College, MSU, 2013-‘14; 2008-‘10

Judge, Ron Dorr Scholarship Essays, JMC, MSU, Spring 2014

Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee, JMC, MSU, 2013-‘14

Ad-Hoc Hiring Committee, Humanities, Culture and Writing, JMC, MSU, Spring 2012

Holtzman Hebrew Literature Conference Planning Committee, Jewish Studies, MSU, 2011-‘13

All-University Distinguished Faculty Awards Committee, MSU, 2011-‘14

University Academic Integrity Hearing Board, 2011-’12

University Committee on Liberal Learning, MSU, Spring 2011

Committee Member, Ad-Hoc Review of First-Year Writing Program, JMC, MSU, 2008

Representative, University Appeals Board, MSU, 2006-‘07

Representative, College Curriculum Committee, JMC, MSU, Fall 2006

Volunteer, Capital Needs Assessment Committee for Jewish Community of Ann Arbor, 2006-‘08

Volunteer, Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor Education and Planning Committee, 2005-‘07

Barnard Alumnae Area Representative, Ann Arbor, 2003-‘14

Advisor to Senior English Honors Students, University of Michigan, 2002-’03

Volunteer, Literacy Project for the Homeless, New York, 1999-2000

 

Professional Memberships

Modern Language Association

North American Victorian Studies Association

International Society for Study of Narrative

 

 

Publications

Books

Victorian Sacrifice: Ethics and Exchange in Mid-Century Novels. Ohio State University Press, 2013

Houses of Study: A Jewish Woman Among Books. University of Nebraska Press, 2007.  Paperback, Bison Books, 2009 (List of published reviews available)

Articles and Book Chapters

 “Transfers.” Image: Art, Faith, Mystery 83 (Winter 2015): 93-107

 “The ‘Parson’s Surplice/Person’s Surplus: Abstraction and Social Value in Silas Marner.” Nineteenth-Century Literature (March 2013) 490-519

“Sacrificial Value: Beyond the Cash-Nexus in George Eliot’s Romola.” Economic Women: Essays on Desire and Dispossession in Nineteenth-Century British Culture. Eds. Jill Rappoport and Lana Dalley. Ohio State University Press, 2013

“Reading George Eliot in Jerusalem.” Lilith (Spring 2013)

“’Love Yourself as Your Neighbor’: The Limits of Altruism and the Ethics of Personal Benefit in Adam Bede.”  Victorian Literature and Culture 37 (2009): 543-560

“Collins’ Moonstone: The Victorian Novel as Sacrifice, Theft, Debt and Gift.” Studies in the Novel 37.2 (Summer 2005): 162-186

“’Unnatural Self-Sacrifice’: Trollope’s Ethic of Mutual Benefit.” Nineteenth-Century Literature (March 2004): 506-546

“From ‘Houses of Study’: Reading and Writing as a Jewish Woman.” Michigan Quarterly Review (Winter 2003): 21-28

“Houses of Study.” Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion (Fall 2002): 61-75

“Learning Chesed: Community Service in a Kindergarten Classroom.” Kerem: Creative Explorations in Judaism (Fall 1995). Reprinted in Jewish Values, publication of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, June 2003

“A Moment of Reckoning.” Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility 26.504 (December 22, 1995): 1-2

"The Divine Attribute of Change in the Book of Jonah." Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility 25.477 (September 25, 1994): 6-7

 

Reviews:

Francesca Sawaya, The Difficult Art of Giving: Patronage, Philanthropy, and the American Literary Market.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. Reviewed for Nineteenth-Century Contexts.

Jan-Melissa Schramm, Atonement and Self-Sacrifice in Nineteenth-Century Narrative.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Reviewed for Nineteenth-Century Literature.

Deanna K. Kreisel, Economic Woman: Demand, Gender, and Narrative Closure in Eliot and Hardy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. Reviewed for Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, U Montreal. December 2013

Suzanne Keen, Empathy and the Novel.  Reviewed for Victorian Studies 51.2 (Winter 2009): 344-346.

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious. Reviewed for The Forward.  27 March 2009. 12

Ivan Kreilkamp, Voice and the Victorian Storyteller and Robert E. Lougy, Inaugural Wounds: The Shaping of Desire in Five Nineteenth-Century Novels. Reviewed for Studies in the Novel  39.3 (Fall 2007): 390-393

Christopher Lane, Hatred and Civility: The Antisocial Life in Victorian England. Reviewed for Nineteenth-Century Literature 59.3 (December 2004): 419-422

Courses

Victorian Literature; Victorian Ethics and Economics; On Altruism; 19th-Century American and English Culture; History of the Novel 18th-21st Centuries; Women and the Novel; Autobiography and Memoir; Narratives of Education; Truth-telling in American Culture; Fiction and Non-Fiction: Boundaries and Ethics; Feminist Approaches to the Hebrew Bible; Contemporary Jewish-American Literature; Jewish and American: Hybrid Identities in a Comparative Lens; Trauma and Literacy; American Slavery: Research Methods in the Humanities