Walsh, Lauren

Lauren Walsh

Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2008

M.A., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2002

B.A., Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2000

Part-time Assistant Professor

I'm co-editor of The Future of Text and Image (Cambridge Scholars, 2012) and have published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Photography and Culture, The Romanic Review, and Nomadikon, among others. I have also contributed articles to numerous anthologies in addition to my appearances on CNN, the radio program "Trading Fours," and as an expert on photography in the documentary 9/11: Ten Years Later (RAI 2011). Broadly speaking, my research focuses on questions of historical memory and visual media, and I'm particularly interested in the politics and ethics of photography. More specifically, my scholarship and my teaching explore the intersections of literature and visual culture, and the relationship between text and image. I also concentrate on journalism, and in particular for my classes, on the coverage of New York City, both present day and historic. Additionally, I focus on photojournalism, with a specialty in conflict photography. 
Courses Taught:


  • Urban Journalism
  • The Metro Desk
  • The Politics of Visual Images
  • Contemporary British Literature
  • Literary Foundations II
  • British Modernism
  • Picturing the Word
  • Literary Foundations I
  • The City and the Outsider
  • Text and Image: Literature and Visual Culture 

Recent Publications:


Book (edited collection)


The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures. Co-editor with Ofra

Amihay. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2012.



Selected articles and book chapters


 "Text, Image, Memory: Intermediality in the Work of Péter Nádas." Hungarian Literature and its

Intercultural Contexts: Translation, Cultural Memory, Comparative Scholarship. Eds. András Kiséry, Zsolt Komaromy, and Zsuzsanna Varga. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, forthcoming 2015.


Translation of "New Tendencies in Jazz" by Albert Murray. (Speech originally delivered in

French, 1958. Never before published.) Murray Talks Music. Ed. Paul Devlin. Minneapolis:

Minnesota University Press, forthcoming 2015.


"Gender, Art, Perception: Lauren Walsh interviews Siri Hustvedt." Los Angeles Review of Books.

March 24, 2014.


"In Memory of Albert Murray." Los Angeles Review of Books. September 16, 2013.


"Inside FSG: An Interview with Boris Kachka." Los Angeles Review of Books. August 4, 2013.


"The Madeleine Revisualized: Proustian Memory and Sebaldian Visuality." The Future of Text

and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures. Eds. Amihay, Ofra and Lauren Walsh. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2012.


"Ten Years Later: Re-viewing 9/11's Suppressed Images." Nomadikon, "About Images" series.

Ed. Øyvind Vågnes. (August 2011).


"Murray Riffing on Mann: Variations on a Theme." Albert Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination

of a Nation. Ed. Barbara Baker. Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2010.


"Candide, or Optimism, Dude. The Challenges of Translating Voltaire's Candide." Candide at 250:

Scandal and Success. Exhibition at The New York Public Library, February-April, 2010.



Research Interests:
  • Twentieth- and twenty-first-century British, American, and European literatures
  • Memory studies
  • Visual culture
  • War reportage/war photography
  • Journalism and social activism
  • Museums in the digital age
  • Social media

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