Contemporary literature. Film and media studies. Global studies. Environmental Studies. Social/political theory.
Professor Irr teaches courses on literature (mainly US), film and culture since 1900. She is currently working on two projects: one on the kinds of stories people like to tell about orphans and the other on contemporary fiction devoted to environmental problems.
Duke University, Ph.D.
Duke University, M.A.
Swarthmore College, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Fulbright Lectureship in Czech Republic (2003)
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship (1999)
Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholarship (1994 - 1995)
Canadian Embassy Canadian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship (1993)
|ENG||8a||Twenty-First-Century American Literature|
|ENG||11b||Fiction: A Basic Course|
|ENG||17a||Alternative and Underground Journalism|
|ENG||30b||New American Cinema of the 1960s and 70s|
|ENG||50b||American Independent Film|
|ENG||60a||Documentary Prose and Film|
|ENG||60b||The Films of Disney|
|ENG||177b||The Rock and Roll Novel|
|ENG||187a||American Fiction since 1945|
|ENG||187b||American Writers and World Affairs|
|ENG||200a||Approaches to Literary and Cultural Studies|
|ENG||217a||Writing Twentieth-Century Revolutions|
|ENG||237b||The Worlds of Twentieth-Century American Fiction|