department of english

114 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

Main Office: 401.874.5931 - Graduate Office: 401.874.4663

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Stephen M. Barber

  • Associate Professor
  • British and European Modernism; Critical Theory; Philosophy and Literature
  • Phone: 401.874.4432, Office: 308G Swan Hall
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Awarded the University of Rhode Island Research Award in 2003 for his work on late Woolf and Foucault, Barber’s scholarship bears principally on early twentieth century European literature and on continental critical/literary theory from the late eighteenth century to the present. His scholarship, published by such presses as Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Illinois, is most recently featured in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction (summer 2009, 42 [2]) under the title of “States of Emergency, States of Freedom: Woolf, History, and the Novel.” Forthcoming publications include his manuscript, Departures: Late Woolf, and articles on Nietzsche, Proust, Klein, Dinesen, Barthes, Sedgwick, and Spivak.

A finalist for the URI Teaching Excellence Award in 2008, Barber teaches a wide array of graduate and undergraduate courses. At the graduate level he has offered seminars on the history of literary theory, European aestheticism, international modernism, and contemporary continental philosophy of ethics. At the undergraduate level, Barber teaches English as well as Honors courses that range from Greek and Roman drama and philosophy to British and European literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He also teaches the required introductory courses at both levels (“Principles of Literary Study” and “Introduction to Professional Study”).

A former Chair of the Department of English (2008-2010) as well as a former Director of the Graduate Program (2006-2008), Barber is a Fellow of URI’s John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service. He is extensively involved with various departmental, university, and professional committees, and serves as a referee for journals in his fields.


British and European modernism; Critical theory; Philosophy and literature


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Duke University
  • Ph.D., York University

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