Michael Valdez Moses

Office Hours: 

Monday and Wednesday 3:00 p.m.  - 5:00 p.m. & by appointment.

Michael Valdez Moses

Associate Professor with Tenure

External Address: 
303G Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
(919) 684-8880

Michael Valdez Moses grew up in Los Angeles and was educated at Harvard, New College, Oxford, and the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Novel and the Globalization of Culture (Oxford UP, 1995), and has edited several collections of critical essays including The Writings of J. M. Coetzee (Duke UP, 1994), Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939 (Duke UP, 2007), and Modernism and Cinema, (Edinburgh UP, 2010). His articles and reviews have appeared in Modernism/Modernity, Kenyon Review, Modernist Cultures, Latin American Literary Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, Literary Imagination, Journal of Literary Studies, Safundi, Journal x, Margin, Reason, and essay collections from Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Duke, and Kentucky University Presses and from Blackwell and Palgrave/St. Martin Presses. His main interests are in modern comparative literature (especially British, Irish and postcolonial), the history of film, and in the interdisciplinary study of literature, political philosophy, and economics. Professor Moses is currently at work on a book project, Nation of the Dead: The Politics of Irish Literature, 1890 to the Present. He is co-editor of the journal, Modernist Cultures, published by Edinburgh University Press, contributing editor to Reason, and a member of the advisory boards of Modern Fiction Studies, jouvert, and CONTEXT. Professor Moses is an affiliated member of the faculty in the Program in Literature and a founding member of the Gerst Program for Political, Economic, and Humanistic Studies at Duke. He is former Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department.


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia 1987
  • M.A., University of Virginia 1982
  • Beinecke and Rotary Fellow, New College, Oxford University (U.K.) 1979 - 1980
  • A.B., Harvard University 1979

Valdez Moses, M. A Modernist Cinema (Accepted). Ed. S Klein. Oxford University Press (OUP), 2015.

Modernism and Cinema. Ed. MV Moses. Edinburgh UP, May 2010.

Valdez Moses, M. The Novel and the Globalization of Culture. Oxford UP, 1995.

The Writings of J.M. Coetzee. Ed. MV Moses. Duke UP, 1994.

Moses, MV. "Worlds lost and founded: V. S. Naipaul as belated modernist." Modernism, Postcolonialism, and Globalism: Anglophone Literature, 1950 to the Present. January 1, 2018. 197-219. Full Text

Moses, MV. "Envisioning the scene of the modern: Modernism and European cinema." The Modernist World. June 5, 2015. 321-328. Full Text

Moses, MV. "Irish modernist imaginaries." The Cambridge Companion to Irish Modernism. January 1, 2014. 206-220. Full Text

Tuttle, JS. "Introduction." December 1, 2013. 217-218. Full Text

Valdez Moses, M. "Fatal Women: Carmen, Salome, and the Seduction of the Nation-State (Accepted)." Modernism and Opera. Ed. R Begam and M Wilson Smith. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. (Essay)

Valdez Moses, M. "The Dream Factory: Solaris, Cinema, and Simulacra." The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh. Ed. SM Sanders and RB Palmer. University Press of Kentucky, 2011.

Valdez Moses, M. "Globalization and the Novel." The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Ed. BW Shaffer. Blackwell, 2011. (Essay)

"Modernists as Critics." The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. December 16, 2010. Full Text

Valdez Moses, M. "Savage Nations: Native Americans and the Western." Philosophy of the Western. Ed. J McMahon and BS Csaki. University Press of Kentucky, December 2010.

Valdez Moses, M. "Nietzsche." W. B. Yeats in Context. Ed. D Holdeman and B Levitas. Cambridge University Press, 2010. (Essay)


Valdez Moses, M. "'We Discharge Ourselves on Both Sides'." Vorticisim: New Perspectives, Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies 1.1 (2011).

Moses, MV. "Introduction: A Modernist Cinema?." Modernist Cultures 5.1 (May 2010): 1-8. Full Text

Moses, MV. "“King of the Amphibians”:Elizabeth Costelloand Coetzee's Metamorphoric Fictions." Journal of Literary Studies 25.4 (December 2009): 25-38. Full Text

Valdez Moses, M. "Scholarly Publishing and the Tenure Process: A Response to Stephen Greenblatt." Literary Imagination (2003). (Scholarly Commentary)

Valdez Moses, M. "Magical Realism at World’s End." Literary Imagination 3.1 (2001): 105-133.

Valdez Moses, M. "Solitary Walkers: Rousseau and Coetzee’s Life & Times of Michael K." South Atlantic Quarterly (1994).


Valdez Moses, M. "State of Discontent: J.M. Coetzee’s Anti-political Fiction." Reason (July 2008). (Review)

Valdez Moses, M. "Wherever Green is Worn? Multiculturalism in Contemporary Ireland." Reason (February 2003). (Review)

Valdez Moses, M. "Big Daddy: The Dictator Novel and the Liberation of Latin America." Reason (August 2002). (Review)

Valdez Moses, M. "The Poet as Politician: The ideological odyssey of W. B. Yeats." Reason (February 2001). (Review)

Valdez Moses, M. "Beckett Unbound." The Weekly Standard (December 1996). (Review)

Valdez Moses, M. "Vargas Llosa Visits His Animal." The Weekly Standard (July 1996). (Review)