Samolsky, Russell

Associate Professor; Affiliate of Comparative Literature

Russell Samolsky is associate professor of Anglophone literature in the English Department here at UCSB. His research interests include South African literature, Jewish Studies, Animal Studies, Deconstruction, Materialisms, and the Global Humanities. His book, Apocalyptic Futures: Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee (Fordham UP), takes account of the complex relationship between past apocalyptic texts and future catastrophic events and works to offer a messianic counter-time against apocalyptic futures. He is currently at work on a monograph on J. M. Coetzee, as well as a book on the place of animals, particularly dogs, in contemporary literature.

 

Contact

Office: 

South Hall 2724

Office Hours: 

Fall 17: please email for appointment

Email: 

rsamolsky@english.ucsb.edu

Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170

Fields/Affiliations: 

Literature and the Environment
Modernism
Literary Theory
Twentieth Century Anglophone Literature

Research Interests: 

Animal Studies
Jewish Studies
South African Literature
Reception Theory
Deconstruction

 

Publications

Books: 

Articles & Chapters: 

Bookshelf

Recent Courses Taught

Quarter Course Title
Spring 2017 ENGL 128GN Literary Genres: Graphic Novel & Trauma
Spring 2017 ENGL 151JC Studies in British Writers: J.M. Coetzee
Spring 2017 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Graphic Novel
Spring 2016 ENGL 128GN Literary Genres: Graphic Novel & Trauma
Spring 2016 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: J.M. Coetzee: Ethics, Animal Stories, and the Lives of Others
Spring 2015 ENGL 234 Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature: J.M. Coetzee and Contemporary Theory
Fall 2014 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Conrad, Kafka, Coetzee
Fall 2014 ENGL 128GN Literary Genres: Graphic Novel and Trauma
Spring 2014 ENGL 236 Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory: Animality and Materiality in Contemporary Theory
Fall 2013 ENGL 128GN Literary Genres: Graphic Novel and Trauma
Fall 2013 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Kafka, Beckett, Coetzee
Winter 2013 ENGL 190AL World Literature in English: Post-apartheid South African Literature
Winter 2013 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar : J. M. Coetzee: Ethics and the Other
Fall 2012 ENGL 234 Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature: J.M. Coetzee - Art, Ethics & Biopolitics
Fall 2012 ENGL 128GN Literary Genres: The Graphic Novel and Trauma
Spring 2012 ENGL 236 Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory: Messianism
Winter 2012 ENGL 128GN Literary Genres: Graphic Novel and Trauma Studies
Winter 2012 ENGL 197 Upper Division Seminar: Coetzee
Spring 2011 ENGL 234 Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature : J.M. Coetzee: Art, Ethics & Biopolitics
Spring 2011 ENGL 190AL Literature in English Outside England and the United States: Post-apartheid South African Literature and Film