Ivry, Jonathan

At UW-Whitewater

University - Faculty/Staff
Literature, Writing, & Film
Office Phone
(262) 472-5061
Office Location
LT 3207


B.A., English, Cornell University, 1989
Ph.D. English and Humanities, Stanford University, 2000

Current position

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Literature, Writing, and Film, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Research interests

American Modernism and Post-Modernism, Poetry and Poetics, Religion and Literature

Courses Taught

  • English 101: Introduction to College Reading and Writing
  • English 102: Introduction to College Reading, Writing, and Research
  • English 252: The Bible as Literature
  • English 271: Critical Writing in the Field of English
  • English 348: American Literature, 1890-1945
  • English 481: Seminar in Literature post-1800
  • Core 390: World of Ideas

Select Publications

  • “Loyalty to myself at the very least”: Historical, Religious, and Narrative Commitments in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead.”  Religion and Literature. 55.2 (Autumn 2023)
  • “’A Sort of Buoy’: Stevens, Plato, and Benjamin Jowett.” The Wallace Stevens Journal. 47.2 (Fall 2023)
  • [A]ll / things began in Order to / end in Ordainer’: The Theological Poetics of Louis Zukofsky from ‘A’ to X.”  Texas Studies in Literature and Language. 51.2 (Summer 2009), 203-222.
  • “The Memoirist as Collector: Lyn Hejinian’s My Life and Walter Benjamin’s A Berlin Chronicle.”  ANQ 20.2 (Spring 2007), 47-53.

Select Conference Presentations

  • “Stevens, Benjamin Jowett, and ‘concupiscent curds.’”  American Literature Association Annual Conference. Boston. May 26, 2023
  • “D. H. Lawrence’s Studies in Classic American Literature at One Hundred.” American Literature Association Annual Conference. Chicago. May 26, 2022.
  • “Illiberal Democracies and the ‘Rage for Order.’” Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference.  Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  August 10, 2017.
  • “Founding Violence and Historical Legacy in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird.”  Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference. St. Louis, Missouri.  November 11, 2016.
  • “’Almost an Ungulate’: Thinking and Feeling in the Poetry of Kay Ryan.” Contemporary Poetry: Thinking & Feeling.  Plymouth University.  Plymouth, UK.  May 22, 2016.
  • “The ‘Blessings of Doubt’ and the ‘Burden of Faith’: Devotional Agnosticism and Religious Authenticity in Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.” God and the American Writer: American Literature Association Symposium.  San Antonio, Texas.  February 27, 2015.
  • “’Into the Wilderness to Azazel’: The Geography of Mimetic Violence in the Bible.”  Annual Meeting of the Colloquium of Violence and Religion.  University of Northern Iowa.  Cedar Falls, Iowa.  July 11, 2013.

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