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  • Emma Lieber

    Part-time Lecturer


    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Emma Lieber


    I am a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York with a background in literary studies (particularly Russian literature, literary realism, and novel studies).  My work and teaching focus on the intersection between psychoanalytic text (Freud and Lacan) and literature and on how literature and psychoanalysis might be considered co-discourses, in perpetual conversation with each other.  I am further interested in the contemporary literary genre of autotheory and in the ways in which self-writing  itself constitutes a theory of subjectivity.

    Degrees Held

    Ph.D. Columbia University, 2011
    B.A. Yale University, 2002


    Recent Publications

    The Writing Cure (Bloomsbury 2020)

    The Queerness of Childhood: Essays from the Other Side of the Looking Glass (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan 2020), co-edited with Anna Fishzon.

    “Trump Dreams,” Cabinet Magazine, Issue 66 (2020)

    “The Novel With/Out Oedipus,” in The Effects of Plausibility: Society, Meaning and Narrative in Nineteenth-Century Russian Realism ed. Ilya Kliger, Kirill Ospovat and Alexey Vdovin (NLO 2020)

    “Hystericizing the Novel: Crime and Punishment and Psychoanalysis” in MLA Approaches to Teaching Crime and Punishment ed. Alexander Burry and Michael Katz (forthcoming, MLA 2020)

    “The Un-Freud, For Better or Worse,” European Journal of Psychoanalysis (Winter 2018)

    “Heroes and Housewives,” The Point Magazine, Issue 13 (Winter 2017).  Published on LitHub, March 21, 2017

    “Smerdyakov and Parricide,” Dostoevsky Studies 19 (2016)

    “Investigations into the Unpoliced Novel: Moll Flanders and The Comely Cook,” Slavic Review Vol. 74, No. 3 (Fall 2015)

    “‘Mister Russian Beast’: The Discontents of Civilization in Turgenev,” Russian Writers at the Fin de Siècle: The Twilight of Realism, edited by Ani Kokobobo and Katherine Bowers (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

    “On Dostoevsky,” New England Review Digital (May 4, 2014)

    “Realism’s Housewives,” New England Review Vol. 33, No. 4 (2013)

    “‘Where is the Sweet Revolution?’: A Reconsideration of Gogol and Babel,” Slavic and East European Journal Vol. 53, No. 1 (Spring 2009).  Reprinted in Short Story Criticism, Vol. 145 (Detroit, MI: Gale Cengage Learning, 2011)

    “‘Pardon, Monsieur’: Civilization and Civility in Turgenev’s ‘The Execution of Tropmann,’” Slavic Review Vol. 66, No. 4 (Winter 2007)

    “St. Petersburg Portraits,” The Massachusetts Review Vol. 46, No. 1 (Spring 2005)

    Research Interests

    Psychoanalysis and literature, queer theory, gender/sexuality, authotheory/self-writing, Russian literature, the novel/novel theory, realism, reality television

    Awards And Honors

    Fellowship, Contemporary Freudian Society (2012-2013)

    ACLS New Faculty Fellowship, Rutgers University (2013-2015)

    Whiting Foundation Fellowship (2010-2011)

    Current Courses

    Ind Senior Project

    Psychoanalysis & Literature

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