I received my B.A. from Stanford University and my Ph.D. from Yale University, where I taught before coming to Vanderbilt in 1994. Currently I am Professor of English and teach courses on Anglo-American modernism, comparative modernisms, twentieth-century British literature, and literary theory.
Joseph Conrad and the Fictions of Skepticism was published by Stanford University Press in 1990. I've also edited two books on Joyce: James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man": A Casebook (Oxford 2003) and Joyce and the Subject of History (co-editor with Victor Luftig and Robert Spoo, Michigan 1996). My articles on Joyce, Woolf, Conrad and others have appeared in journals such as Modernism / Modernity, Modern Language Quarterly, English Literary History, and James Joyce Quarterly.
Modernism, Media, and Propaganda: British Narrative from 1900 to 1945 was published by Princeton University Press in December 2006 (paperback. 2008). I also edited the Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms (2012; paperback 2013), a large collection of essays on global modernisms. I co-founded, with Kevin Dettmar, Modernist Literature & Culture, a book series from Oxford University Press that ran from 2008 to 2018.
Past President of the Modernist Studies Association, I recently published an institutional history of the association, “Scholarship’s Turn: Origins and Effects of the New Modernist Studies,” in The New Modernist Studies, ed. Douglas Mao (Cambridge 2021), and an essay on peripheral modernisms, “Central Issues in Studies of Modernist Peripheries,” is forthcoming in Dibur Literary Journal, a new journal from Stanford.
Modernism, Media, and Propaganda: British Narrative from 1900 to 1945 (Princeton University Press, 2006) https://www.amazon.com/Modernism-Media-Propaganda-British-Narrative/dp/0691138451/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1629301405&sr=1-1
Joseph Conrad and the Fictions of Skepticism (Stanford University Press,1990) https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=3241
Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms(Oxford UP, 2012; paperback 2013) https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-global-modernisms-9780199324705?q=Wollaeger&lang=en&cc=us
James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man": A Casebook (Oxford UP, 2003) https://global.oup.com/academic/product/james-joyces-a-portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-man-9780195150766?q=Wollaeger&lang=en&cc=us
Joyce and the Subject of History (co-edited with Victor Luftig and Robert Spoo, Michigan UP, 1996)
“Reframing Modernism: the Corporation, the University, and the Cold War." Affirmations: Of the Modern 3:1 (2015)
“Reading Ngugi Reading Conrad: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Emergence of the Postcolonial,” in Modernism, Postcolonialism, Globalism, ed. Richard Begam and Michael Moses (Oxford University Press, 2018)
“Modernism Under Review: Matei Calinescu's Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism." Modernist Cultures 8.2 (2013)
“Propaganda and Pleasure: from Kracauer to Joyce.” In The Oxford Handbook of Propaganda, ed. Jonathan Auerbach and Russ Castronovo (2013)
“D. H. Lawrence and the Technological Image: Modernism, Reference, and Abstraction in Women in Love.” English Language Notes 51.1 (Spring/Summer 2013)
“Richardson, Woolf, Lawrence: The Modernist Novel's Experiments with Narrative (I),” The Cambridge History of the English Novel, ed. Clement C. Hawes and Robert L. Caserio. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011.
“The Global/Comparative Turn in Modernist Studies: Two Points Bearing on Praxis.” English Language Notes 49.1 (Spring/Summer 2011); special issue on Transnational Exchange.
“Where and When is Modernism: Editing on a Global Scale,” Kritica Kultura16 (February 2011): 5-14.
“Central Issues in Studies of Modernist Peripheries,” Dibur Literary Journal 10 (Summer 2021)
“Scholarship’s Turn: Origins and Effects of the New Modernist Studies,” in The New Modernist Studies, ed. Douglas Mao (Cambridge University. Press, 2021)
“Ulysses, Gabler, and Kidd: The Personal Note.” Studies in the Novel 51:1 (2019)
- Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Ungraduate Teaching, 2010
- Chancellor's Research Award, 2008
- Ernest A. Jones Award for Faculty Advising, 2004