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.
- Animal Studies
- Jewish Studies
- South African Literature
- Reception Theory
Articles & Chapters:
- "Acts of Mourning: Art and the Lives of Animals in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace and Elizabeth Costello," J.M. Coetzee in Context and Theory, eds. Elleke Boehmer, Katy Iddiols, and Robert Eaglestone (London: Continuum, 2009)
- "The Time is Out of Joint: Hamlet, Messianism, and the Specter of Apocalypse," English Language Notes 46:1 (Spring/Summer 2008): 29-46.
- "Animal Ethics," The European Legacy 12:4 (2007)
- "On Teaching South African Literature in the Age of Terror," Safundi: The Journal of South African & American Comparative Studies 16 (October 2004)
- "Ghostly Letters: Hamlet, Derrida and Apocalyptic Discourse,” Oxford Literary Review 25 (2003)
- “Metaleptic Machines: Kafka, Kaballah, Shoah,” Modern Judaism 19:2 (1999)
- “Writing Violence: Bodies and Signs in J.M. Coetzee’s Foe,” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 1:1 (1993)
- Review of Consequences of Theory, Jonathan Arac and Barbara Johnson, eds., English Language Notes 29:1 (September 1991): 90-93