Caroline Rody

Caroline Rody

Professor; Director, Distinguished Majors Program

432 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: T, Th 3:20-5:00pm and by appointment.
Class Schedule: T, Th 11-12:15 and 2-3:15.

Multiethnic American, Jewish, Caribbean, Postcolonial, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1995
M.A. University of Virginia, 1991
B.A. Harvard-Radcliffe, 1983


Works in Progress:

  • Book manuscript: “Writing the Great House: Transformations of a Topos Across World English Fiction”
  • Essay: “Toni Morrison and Louise Erdrich as Novelists and Public Intellectuals,” in MLA volume under review, “Approaches to Teaching the Fiction of Toni Morrison.”


  • “Yamashita’s Novels and Contemporary Interethnic American Fiction.”  Approaches to Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita, ed. Ruth Y. Hsu and Pamela Thoma.  Modern Language Association, 2022.
  • “The Magical Book-Within-the-Book: I. B. Singer, Bruno Schulz, and Contemporary Jewish Post-Holocaust Fiction.” The Palgrave Handbook of Magical Realism in the Twenty-First Century, ed Richard Perez and Victoria A. Chevalier.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2020: 333-374.
  • “Between I and We: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Interethnic Multitudes.” PMLA (March 2018).
  • Review of Sara Phillips Casteel, Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination. The American Literary History Online Review Series X.
  • Review of Bryan Cheyette, Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of HistoryCollege Literature (Summer 2015).
  • “The Interethnic Paradigm and the Case of Asian American Fiction.” Reprinted in David Liwei Li, ed. Asian American Literature, Volume 1: Literary History: Criticism and Theory.  New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • "Jewish Post-Holocaust Fiction and the Magical Realist Turn.” Moments of Magical Realism in U.S. Ethnic Literatures, ed. Lyn Di Iorio Sandin and Richard Perez (Palgrave, 2012).
  • “A Literature Founded on Multiethnic Interconnection Has Emerged: Caroline Rody on her book The Interethnic Imagination: Roots and Passages in Contemporary Asian American Fiction.”  Rorotoko. Cover interview. n.p.  March 14, 2011.   Web.
  • "The Transnational Imagination: Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange." Asian North American Identities: Beyond the Hyphen. Ed. Eleanor Ty and Donald C. Goellnicht. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. 130-148.
  • "Impossible Voices: Ethnic Postmodern Narration in Toni Morrison's Jazz and Karen Tei Yamashita's Through the Arc of the Rain Forest." Contemporary Literature 41.1 (2000).
  • "Toni Morrison's Beloved: History, 'Rememory,' and a 'Clamor for a Kiss,'" American Literary History (1995).
  • "The Mad Colonial Daughter's Revolt: J.M. Coetzee's In the Heart of the Country," South Atlantic Quarterly (1994).
  • "Burning Down the House: The Revisionary Paradigm of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea," in Famous Last Words: Changes in Gender and Narrative Closure, ed. Alison Booth (1993) Rpt. in Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea. Norton Critical Edition, Ed. Judith Raiskin (1999).

Selected Presentations

  • “Karen Tei Yamashita in an Interethnic Literature Course.”  Roundtable on “Teaching the Novels, Plays, and Shorter Works of Karen Tei Yamashita.” Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Miami, FL, April 28, 2016.
  • “Whose House is This? From Glencliffe to Jerusalem.” Conference on “Spiritual Homelands.” Program in Jewish Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  October 8, 2015.
  • “The Transatlantic Great House.” Plenary Address, 8th Biennial Symbiosis Conference.  University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.  23 June, 2011.
  • “Reimagining the Past in Contemporary Jewish Renaissance Fiction.” Jewish Renaissance and Renaissances.  Tenth Anniversary Conference of the Jewish Studies Program, University of Virginia. November 13, 2010.
  • “Karen Tei Yamashita.” Introduction to the Author.  Brown College Visiting Environmental Writers and Scholars Series.  Rotunda, March 25, 2009.
  • “Etgar Keret.” Introduction to the Author. Virginia Festival of the Book.  Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room, March 19, 2009.
  • “What Means Switch?  Jewishness in Gish Jen’s Mona in the Promised Land.” Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies. Washington, D.C., December 23, 2008.
  • The Interethnic Imagination in Contemporary American Fiction.” Fellows’ Seminar, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University.  May 10, 2007.
  • “Toni Morrison’s Beloved and the African American Slavery Novel Tradition.”
    Department of English, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. April 4, 2007.
  • “Changing Patterns of Ethnicity and Race in American Literature.” Department of English, University of Zageb, Zagreb, Croatia.  April 2, 2007.
  • “What Means Switch: Interethnicity and Jewishness in Gish Jen and Zadie Smith.” Duke University Americanist Group, Durham, NC. January 28, 2005.
  • “Jewelle Gomez: Recovering the History of Black Lesbian Vampires.”  Introduction to the author, reading and talk sponsored by University of Virginia.  February 21, 2004.
  • “The Interethnic Imagination in Contemporary Asian American Fiction.” Division on Asian American Literatures panel, “The Future of Asian American Literary Study.”  Modern Language Association Conference, December 2003.
  • “Native Speakers in the American Public Arena: the Novels of Chang-rae Lee.”  Introduction to the author, fiction reading sponsored by the Creative Writing Department, University of Virginia. September 26, 2002.
  • “Karen Tei Yamashita and the Transnational Imagination.” Division on Asian American Literatures panel, “Asian American Literature in the Americas.”  Modern Language Association Conference, December, 2000.
  • "Reimagining the Mother-of-History: Contemporary Caribbean Women's Fiction."  Caribbean Studies Association, 25th Annual Conference.  Castries, St. Lucia, May 31, 2000.