Michael Valdez Moses

Michael Valdez Moses

Associate Professor Emeritus of English

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. “Kingdom of Darkness: Autonomy and Conspiracy in The X-Files and Millenium.” The Philosophy of TV Noir, edited by Steven M. Sanders and Aeon J. Skoble, University Press of Kentucky, 2008.

Valdez Moses, M. “Disorientalism: Conrad and the Imperial Origins of Modernist Aesthetics.” Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939, edited by Richard Begam and Michael Valdez Moses, Duke University Press, 2007.

Valdez Moses, M. “Caliban and His Precursors: The Politics of Literary History and the Third World.” Theoretical Issues in Literary History, edited by David Perkins, Harvard UP, 1991.

Valdez Moses, M. “Lust Removed from Nature.” New Essays on White Noise, edited by Frank Lentricchia, Cambridge UP, 1991.

Valdez Moses, M. “Teaching Frankenstein from the Creature’s Perspective.” Approaches to Teaching Shelley’s Frankenstein, edited by Stephen C. Behrendt, MLA, 1990.


Valdez Moses, M. “Agon in the Marketplace: The Major of Casterbridge as Bourgeois Tragedy.” South Atlantic Quarterly, 1988.

Valdez Moses, M. “The Sadly Rejoicing Slave: Beckett, Joyce, and Destructive Parody.” Modern Fiction Studies, 1985.

Valdez Moses, M. “The Lost Steps: The Faustian Artist in the New World.” Latin American Literary Review, 1984.


Valdez Moses, M. “The Moore-ish Church.” Books in Canada, Feb. 1996.

Valdez Moses, M. “The not-so-fictional world of Don DeLillo.” The News and Observer, June 1991.

Valdez Moses, M. “After the Wall: The Restructuring of Poststructuralism.” Contemporary Literature, 1991.

Moses, M. V. “A New Production: 2004 Presidential Address.” Alsc Newsletter.

Moses, M. V. “Risky Business: The President's Column --- A Response to the NEA Report, 'Reading at Risk'.” Reading at Risk:  A Forum, a Special Issue of Forum:  A Publication of the Alsc, vol. 2, no. Spring.