The Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Professor
Department of English Language & Literature and the College
Maud Ellmann’s research and teaching interests focus on British and European modernism and literary theory. She has published several books, including The Poetics of Impersonality: T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing, and Imprisonment, and Elizabeth Bowen: The Shadow across the Page. Her most recent book, The Nets of Modernism: Henry James, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Sigmund Freud, is a study of modernist fiction and psychoanalysis. Works she has edited include Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism: A Reader and the Oxford World’s Classics edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Major awards she has received include the Mellon Fellowship at Harvard and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Humanities Center. In 2004, she received the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize for literary criticism from the British Academy for her book on Elizabeth Bowen.
She held a readership in modern literature at Cambridge University from 1990 until 2005, when she was appointed to the Donald and Marilyn Keough Chair of Irish Studies at Notre Dame University. In addition, she has held distinguished visiting professorships at Williams College and Northwestern University, where she was the Carole and Gordon Segal Professor of Irish Literature in 2002 and 2006.
Ellmann joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.