Benjamin Balthaser

Interests

  • Nineteenth and twentieth century multi-ethnic U.S. literature
  • American studies in a transnational context
  • Transnational social movements
  • Modernism in a global context
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Literature of U.S. expansionism, nineteenth and twentieth century
  • Film and popular culture

Courses Recently Taught at IU South Bend

English L354:  U.S. literature from 1914-1960
English W203/6:  Introduction to Creative Writing
English T190/390:  Labor and Literature
English L680:  Radical Modernism
English E110:  Diversity and U.S. Literature
English L379:  Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States
English T190: Beyond Cowboys and Indians:  Myths of the U.S. Frontier
English 130/131: Composition
English W513:  Writing Poetry
English L460: African-American Literature from 1845-present
English L501:  Reading Richard Wright
English L371: Contemporary African American Literature
English L351:  Antebellum U.S. Literature

Recent Publications

Anti-Imperialist Modernism: Race and Transnational Radical Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War, University of Michigan Press, Class/Culture Series, December 2015.    https://www.press.umich.edu/7381040/anti_imperialist_modernism

Dedication, a collection of poetry based on the lives of Jewish labor activists, from Partisan Press, fall 2011, http://bluecollarholler.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-from-partisan-press.html

"Travels of an American Indian into the Hinterlands of Soviet Russia:  Re-thinking Indigenous Modernity and the Popular Front in the Work of Archie Phinney and D'Arcy McNickle," American Quarterly, Volume 66, Number 1 (March 2014).

"Killing the Documentarian:  Richard Wright and Documentary Modernity," Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, 55.3 (Fall 2013).

Mass Shooting and the Spectacle of Whiteness, Public Seminar, April 13, 2018: http://www.publicseminar.org/2018/04/mass-shooting-and-the-spectacle-of-whiteness/

"Racial Violence in Black in White: Lynching Photography and the Documentation of Police Violence," Boston Review, (July 2016), reprinted and translated into French for Contreligne - Rédaction. 

"The Fatal Machine: The Post-War Imperial State and the Radical Novel, 1941-1949," American Literature in Transition, 1940-1950, edited by Chris Vials, Cambridge University Press.

"The Race of Class: The Role of Racial Identity Production in the Long History of U.S. Working Class Writing," Working-Class Literature(s): Global and Comparative Perspectives, edited by Magnus Nilsson and John Lennon, Stockholm University Press.

"Modernism or Barbarism: Marshall Berman and Modernism in the Streets" Jacobin Magazine, May25, 2017.

"Colonies and Capital: Archie Phinney and Indigenous Marxism," Jacobin Magazine, November 16, 2016.

"For Jim Foley, October 18, 1973 -- August 19, 2014," Massachusetts Review, September 2015, 56 (4)

"Epitaph for a Bronx Accent," Tablet, November 2016 http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/215862/epitaph-for-a-bronx-accent