Ryan Weberling

Ryan Weberling studies late-nineteenth and twentieth-century Anglophone literature, with a focus on transatlantic modernism. His dissertation examines the relationship between modernist fiction and the global histories of colonialism and federalism.


Ph.D. in English and American Literature, Boston University, expected 2020
M.A. in English and American Literature, Boston University, 2012


“Federalism.” The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature and Politics. Ed. Rachel Potter and Christos Hadjiyiannis. Cambridge University Press, 2021. [under contract]

“Mulk Raj Anand (1905-2004).” Modernist Archives Publishing Project. Ed. Claire Battershill, Helen Southworth, et al. March 2018. [Link]

Rev. of Bridget T. Chalk, Modernism and Mobility: The Passport and Cosmopolitan Experience. Modern Fiction Studies 63.3 (Fall 2017): 599-60. [Link]

Rev. of Mark Hussey, ‘I’d Make It Penal’, the Rural Preservation Movement in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts; and Lolly Ockerstrom, Virginia Woolf and the Spanish Civil War: Texts, Contexts & Women’s Narrative. In Virginia Woolf Miscellany 86(Fall 2014/Winter 2015): 44-45. [Link]

Digital Humanities Project

The Woolf Letters Project (a database of geospatial and bibliographical metadata for letters sent or received by Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, and Vanessa Bell)

Recent Conference Presentations

“The Decay of English: From Racialized Public Sphere to Productively Incoherent Category.” Modern Language Association, forum on CLCS Global Anglophone Literature (Seattle, WA, January 2020).

“Reconstituting Democracy: Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, and Modernist National Biography.” Modern Language Association, Forum on Genre: Life Narrative (New York City, NY, January 2018).

“Invisible Empires: Ellison’s Invisible Man and Sutton Griggs’ Imperium in Imperio.” American Literature Association, Ralph Ellison Society (Boston, MA, May 2017).

Invited Round Table Presentation: “‘One World, One Life’: Modernist Fiction and the Politics of Federation, 1880-1980.” Feminisms Unbound Lecture Series (MIT, Boston, MA, April 2017).

“‘Strange, Strange Crops’: Salman Rushdie and ‘the south’ as Imaginary Homeland.” American Studies Association (Boulder, CO, October 2016).

“‘Rise and Fall of a Vera Wilde Aesthete’: Dorian Gray in fin de siècle Mississippi.” Forgotten Geographies in the Fin de Siècle Conference (Birkbeck College, University of London, July 2016).

“‘Conscious of Disseverment’: Woolf, Rushdie, and Federated Character.” Modernist Studies Association (Boston, MA, November 2015).

“The Age of the Wilde Picture: Dorian Gray in ‘Trans-National’ America.” American Comparative Literature Association (Seattle, WA, March 2015).

Other Presentations

Faculty Facilitator: “Horror and Science Fiction,” Student Discovery Seminar, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center (October 2019).

Pedagogy Seminar: “Multimodal Bibliography: Curating and Storytelling with Omeka Neatline,” Faculty Seminar on Multimodal Composition, Boston University Writing Program (March 2016).

Courses Taught

EN 121: World Literature – Literature and the City

EN 125: Modern Literature – Growing Up Modern

EN 130: Science/Fiction

EN 141: Introduction to Fiction

EN 220: Seminar in Literature – Literature and Social Change

WR 100/WR 120: First-Year Writing Seminar – Topics: Literatures of Civil War, Fiction of Empire, Modernist Fiction and Magazines

WR 150: Academic Writing and Research Seminar – Topic: Modernist Fiction and Magazines

HC 302: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Challenges – HIV/AIDS [Discussion Section]