Paula Derdiger

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Professional title

Assistant Professor, English Graduate Faculty


Paula Derdiger received her Ph.D. from McGill University before joining the English faculty at UMD, where she teaches modern and contemporary British literature and culture as well as film studies. In her current book project, Reconstruction Fiction, she examines the relationship between literary realism and housing in Britain after World War II as it emerges through work by Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, Patrick Hamilton, Doris Lessing, Colin MacInnes, Sam Selvon, and Elizabeth Taylor. Her other research and teaching interests include modernism, contemporary Anglophone literature, narrative, film studies, urban studies, geography, and architecture.

Courses Taught

ENGL 2601: Reading Film
ENGL 2571: Contemporary Literature
ENGL 3502: British Literature II
ENGL 4292: Literature into Film
ENGL 5564: Studies in British Literature After 1900: British Literature of the 1950s and 1960s
ENGL 5664: Small Presses, Little Magazines, and Modernism Publications


Reconstruction Fiction book cover

Reconstruction Fiction: Housing and Realist Literature in Postwar Britain. Forthcoming October 2020 from The Ohio State University Press.

‘“Now you’re one of us’: Surveying Postwar Berlin in Billy Wilder’s A Foreign Affair.” International Intrigue: Plotting Espionage as Cultural Artifact, special issue of The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945. Vol. 13. 2017.

“To Drag Out a Rough Poetry: Colin MacInnes and the New Brutalism in Postwar Britain.” Modern Fiction Studies. 62.1. Spring 2016. 53-69.

‘“We Shall Never Make a Home of This’: Elizabeth Taylor’s Postwar Reconstruction Fiction.” Long Shadows: The Second World War in British Literature and Film, 1943 to the Present. Ed. Petra Rau. Evanston: Northwestern UP. 2016.

(With Phyllis Lassner), “Domestic Gothic, the Global Primitive, and Gender Relations in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September and The House in Paris.” Irish Modernism and the Global Primitive. Eds. Claire A. Culleton and Maria McGarrity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 195-214.