Simons, Ilana

Ilana Simons

PhD, British Modernist Literature, New York University, 2003
PhD, Clinical Psychology, The New School, 2010.


Part Time Assistant Professor, First Year Writing

I am interested in the intersection between psychology and literature. My focus is in modernist literature, including Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Kafka, and Virginia Woolf. 
Courses Taught:

Emotions in Psychology and Literature

Philosophers on the Edge: Nietzsche, Sartre, and de Beauvoir

International Modernism: Freud, Kafka and Woolf

Empathy and Communication in Modernist Literature

The Social Contract and Antisocial Impulses


Recent Publications:

A Life of One’s Own: A Guide to Better Living through the Work and Wisdom of Virginia Woolf (Penguin Press, August 2007);

“Haruki Murakami,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World,” three entries for The Compendium of World Novelists and Novels, published by Facts on File, 2006;

“An Unwritten Novel,” entry for The Companion to the British Short Story & Short Fiction, published by Facts on File, 2006;

“The Adelphi: The Brothers.” The Left Bank Review, Summer/Fall issue, volume 7;

“The Sick and The Unexpected.” M/C, Sick Issue, 2001;

From 2003-2001, I wrote a weekly blog called "Literature and Life" for Barnes & Noble 

I write a blog for Psychology Today called "The Literary Mind"


Research Interests:

Communication and memory in psychology

Modernism in literature


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