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Julia Obert

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Associate Professor and Assistant Chair for the Department of English

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Julia Obert studies postcolonial literature and theory, Irish literature, poetry and poetics, 20th century British literature, and contemporary critical theory.  Her first book, Postcolonial Overtures: The Politics of Sound in Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry, was published by Syracuse University Press in 2015, and she is now working on a second book project about architectural space and urban planning in a variety of postcolonial cities.  Her essays have appeared in a number of postcolonial studies, Irish studies, and theory journals.  Outside of work, Julia likes to ski, hike, play fiddle, and spend time with her dog, Maggie.


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

M.A., University of British Columbia

B.A., University of Western Ontario

Recent and Upcoming Courses

Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Contemporary Irish Literature

Writing War

Affect Theory

Reading the Body

Selected Publications/Awards

“‘Body on the Wire’: Leontia Flynn on Living Through Divided Politics.” Irish University Review. Forthcoming in Fall 2020.

“Climate Change, Troubles Tourism, and the Politics of Worlding in Contemporary Northern Irish Literature.”  Forthcoming in Irish Literature as World Literature.  Literatures as World Literature series, Bloomsbury Press (2020).

“Yes Scotland?: The Political Ecologies of the Scottish Borders in Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border and Lay of the Last Minstrel and in Contemporary Scottish Poetry.”  Scottish Literary Review 11.2: 81-99. (2019)

“Troubles Literature and the End of the Troubles.” Forthcoming in Irish Literature in Transition, Volume 6, 1980-2020.  Irish Literature in Transition series, Cambridge UP (2019).

With Nolan Goetzinger, “Built Environments and Lived Ecologies in Contemporary Irish Poetry, 1998-Present.”  Forthcoming in The Cambridge History of Irish Literature and the Environment, Cambridge UP (2019).  

“Ciaran Carson’s Theory of Relativity.”  Etudes Irlandaises 42.1: 123-38 (2017).

“The Entomological Imagination: Thomas Kinsella’s Insect Poems.”  Irish University Review 47.2: 360-72 (2017).

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Intimacy.” Emotion, Space and Society 24: 25-32 (2016).

“Architectural Space in Windhoek, Namibia: Monumentalization, Fortification, Subversion.” Postmodern Culture 26.1 (2016).

“The Architectural Uncanny: An Essay in the Postcolonial Unhomely.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 18.1: 86-106 (2016).

Postcolonial Overtures: The Politics of Sound in Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry. Syracuse University Press (2015).

UW College of Arts & Sciences Student Ambassadors’ Thumbs-Up Award, 2018

UW Distinguished Faculty Graduate Mentor Award, 2018

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