Kurt Koenigsberger

Associate Dean and Associate Professor


Guilford House 321

Since August 2000 when I joined the Case Western Reserve faculty, I have taught courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, twentieth-century Anglophone literatures, periodical studies, literary theory, cultural studies, and methods of research in English. In any given year, students can expect me to offer courses treating the novel in Britain in the twentieth century, a course in postcolonial literature, a theory or methods course, and a course in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary history, in a genre, or in the SAGES program. I have conducted the department’s graduate publication seminar seven times between 2001 and 2013.

I am director of graduate studies in English; in previous years I have served as director of writing programs (2006-2009, 2010-11).

My research concentrates on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English-language print media as they refract various traditions and institutions of display. My first book, titled The Novel and the Menagerie (Ohio State University Press, 2007), explores the ways in which the novel and the zoological collection in Britain consolidated and dissolved views of the British Empire as an integrated whole. In the wake of this work, I have turned to thinking about the ways that exhibitions and displays–of art objects, taxidermic specimens, and living creatures, and in manuscript presentation–engage the languages of narrative. I am also currently at work on a project about Edwardian literature in the magazines that considers the difference periodical publication makes to well-known texts by such authors as Joseph Conrad, May Sinclair, J. M. Barrie, and E. M. Forster, among others.

In the 2009-10 academic year, I coordinated the 2010 International Conference on Narrative, held April 8-11, 2010, in Cleveland.