Rabb Graduate Center, 142
Film, Television and Interactive Media
History of Ideas
DegreesDuke University, Ph.D.
Duke University, M.A.
Swarthmore College, B.A.
ExpertiseContemporary literature. Film and media studies. Global studies. Environmental Studies. Social/political theory.
ProfileProfessor Irr teaches courses on literature (mainly US), film, and culture since 1900. She is currently working on two projects: one on American orphan stories (post-1980s) and the other on contemporary fiction devoted to environmental problems. Webpage
|ENG||8a||Twenty-First-Century American Literature|
|ENG||11b||Fiction: A Basic Course|
|ENG||17a||Alternative and Underground Journalism|
|ENG||28a||Contemporary Environmental Writing|
|ENG||50b||American Independent Film|
|ENG||60b||The Films of Disney|
|ENG||187a||American Fiction since 1945|
|ENG||188b||Capitalism and Culture|
|ENG||200a||Approaches to Literary and Cultural Studies|
|ENG||217a||Writing Twentieth-Century Revolutions|
|ENG||238a||Capitalism and the American Novel|
|ENG||277b||Childhood and the Modern Novel|
Awards and Honors
Fulbright Lectureship in Czech Republic (2003 - 2004)
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship (1999)
Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholarship (1994 - 1995)
Canadian Embassy Canadian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship (1993)
Irr, Caren. "Neoliberal Childhoods: The Orphan as Entrepreneur in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction." Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literature. Ed. Rachel Greenwald Smith and Mitchum Huehls., 2017 (forthcoming)
Irr, Caren. "Representing Poverty: Legacies of the 1930s in Contemporary Fiction." The Cambridge Companion to the 1930s. Ed. Bill Solomon. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017 (forthcoming)
Irr, Caren. "Global Fiction and the Postmodern American Novel." Cambridge Companion to the Postmodern American Novel. Ed. Paula Geyh. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016 (forthcoming)
Irr, Caren. "Introduction to Climate Fiction." Oxford Research Encyclopedia. Ed. Paula Rabinowitz. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2016 (forthcoming)
Irr, Caren. "Review of Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s by Leigh Claire La Berge." American Literary History Online Review (2016). (forthcoming)
Irr, Caren. "The Resurgence of the Political Novel." Postmodern/Postwar--and After. Ed. Daniel Worden and Jason Gladstone. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2016 (forthcoming)
Irr, Caren. "introduction to guest edited special issue on Louis Althusser." Mediations (2016). (forthcoming)
Irr, Caren. Representing Poverty. March 2016. Brandeis University. <http://blogs.brandeis.edu/representingpoverty/author/irr/>.
Irr, Caren. "Neomedievalism in the Contemporary City Novel: Tobar, Adichie, Lee." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 42. 4 (2015): 421-436.
Irr, Caren. "The Space of Genre in the New Green Novel." Studia Neophilologica (2015): 1-15.
Irr, Caren. "Anti-Capitalism and Anti-Realism in William T. Vollmann's Poor People." Reading Capitalist Realism. Ed. Alison Shonkwiler and Leigh Claire La Berge. University of Iowa Press, 2014. 177-194.
Irr, Caren. "Irony and Sincerity." Rev. of A Hologram for the King, by Dave Eggers. American Book Review vol. 34 May/June 2013: 6.
Irr, Caren. "Literature and Adoption: Themes, Theses, Questions." American Literary History 26. 1 (2014): 1-11.
Irr, Caren. Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the 21st Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.
Irr, Caren. "Postmodernism in Reverse: American National Allegories and the 21st-Century Political Novel." Twentieth Century Literature 57. 3-4 (2012): 516-546.
Irr, Caren. "Review of Geopolitics and the Anglophone Novel, 1890-2011." by John Marx. The Review of English Studies 2012
Irr, Caren. "Toward the World Novel: Genre Shifts in 21st-Century Expatriate Fiction." American Literary History 23. 3 (2011): 660-679.
Irr, Caren. ""Media and Migration: Danticat, Díaz, Eugenides, and Scibona." Wretched Refuge: Immigrants and Itinerants in the Postmodern. Ed. Jessica Datema and Diane Krumrey. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010
Irr, Caren. Pink Pirates: Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2010.
Irr, Caren. ""A Challenge for Post-National American Studies"." American Literary History 20. 3 (2008): 601-608.
Irr, Caren. ""World Heritage Sites and the Concept of the Commons,"." Global Ordering: Institutions and Autonomy in a Changing World. Ed. Louis Pauly and Will Coleman. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008. 85-105.
Irr, Caren. "Review." Rev. of Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature, by Eds. Wai-chee Dimock and Lawrence Buell. Comparative Literature Studies vol. 45 2008: 518-521.
Irr, Caren, Ian Buchanan. On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization. SUNY, 2005.
Irr, Caren, John Protevi. "Fredric Jameson." Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy. 2005.
Irr, Caren, John Protevi. "Immanent Critique." Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy. 2005.
Irr, Caren. "Review." Rev. of Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism, by Madhu Dubey. New Formations vol. 55 195-199.
Irr, Caren. "The Americanization of Yoga?: Understanding Intellectual Property in the Context of Global Capitalism." Genre 38. (2005): 281-307.
Irr, Caren. "Beyond Appropriation: Pussy, King of the Pirates and a Feminist Critique of Intellectual Property." Devouring Institutions: The Life Work of Kathy Acker. Ed. Maria Gonzalez and Michael Hardin. San Diego: San Diego State University Press, 2004. 211-234.
Irr, Caren. "Going to the Library in the Czech Republic." Profession (2004): 74-82.
Irr, Caren. "The Properties of Nature in Josephine Herbst's Trexler Trilogy." The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on Depression-Era Fiction. Ed. Janet Galligani Casey. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004. 81-95.
Irr, Caren. "Who Owns Our Culture?: Intellectual Property, Human Rights and Globalization." Refounding Human Rights in an Age of Globalization. Ed. Andrew Nathan, Kavita Philip, Neal Engelhart, and Mahmoud Monshipoori. London: M.E. Sharpe, 2003. 3-33.
Irr, Caren, co-ed with Jeffrey T. Nealon. Co-ed., Rethinking the Frankfurt School: Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique. SUNY Press, 2002.
Irr, Caren. "All Published Literature is World Bank Literature, or The Zapatistas' Storybook." World Bank Literature. Ed. Amitava Kumar. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002. 237-252.
Irr, Caren. "Literature as Proleptic Globalization, or a Prehistory of the New Intellectual Property." South Atlantic Quarterly Spring 2002. (2002): 773-802.
Irr, Caren. "Review." Rev. of A Gendered Collision: Sentimentalism and Modernism in Dorothy Parker's Poetry and Fiction, by Rhonda S. Pettit. American Literature December 2001: 880-881.
Irr, Caren. "The Postmodern Goes Global." Rev. of The Ends of Globalization; Negotiating Postmodernism;Questions of Modernity, by Mohammed A. Bamyeh; Wayne Gabardi; Timothy Mitchell. Southern Review vol. 34 102-106.
Irr, Caren. "Review." Rev. of Multilingual America: Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of American Literature, by Werner Sollors. Comparative Literature Studies 364-370.
Irr, Caren. "Review." Rev. of The Making of Modern Intellectual Property Law: The British Experience, 1740-1911, by Brad Sherman and Lionel Bently. Business History Review Summer 2000: 352-355.
Irr, Caren. "Review." Rev. of The New Red Negro, by James Edward Smethurst. American Literature September 2000: 645-646.
Irr, Caren. "Curious George at the Border: American Intellectual Property and Canadian Culture." Essays on Canadian Writing Summer 1999. (1999).
Irr, Caren. "The Timeliness of Almanac of the Dead, or A Postmodern Rewriting of Radical Fiction." Leslie Marmon Silko: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Louise K. Barnett and James L. Thorson. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999. 223-244.
Irr, Caren. The Suburb of Dissent: Cultural Politics in the United States and Canada during the 1930s. Duke University Press, 1998.
Irr, Caren. "From Nation to Generation: The Economics of North American Culture, 1930s/1990s." Canadian Review of American Studies 27. (1997): 135-144.
Irr, Caren. "Queer Borders: Figures from the 1930s for US-Canadian Relations." American Quarterly 49. 3 (1997): 504-530..
Irr, Caren. "The Politics of Spatial Phobias in Native Son." Critical Essays on Richard Wright's Native Son. Ed. Keneth Kinnamon. New York: Twayne, 1997. 196-212.
Irr, Caren. "Between the Avant-Garde and Kitsch: Experimental Prose in U.S. and Canadian Leftist Periodicals of the 1930s." Journal of Canadian Studies 30. 2 (1995): 19-38.
Irr, Caren. "Political Surveillance: Notes on Reading an FBI File." Found Object (1994): 91-112.