Samolsky, Russell

Associate Professor; Affiliate of Comparative Literature

Russell Samolsky is associate professor of Anglophone literature in the English Department here at UCSB. His research interests include South African literature, Jewish Studies, Animal Studies, Deconstruction, Materialisms, and the Global Humanities. His book, Apocalyptic Futures: Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee (Fordham UP), takes account of the complex relationship between past apocalyptic texts and future catastrophic events and works to offer a messianic counter-time against apocalyptic futures. He is currently at work on a monograph on J. M. Coetzee, as well as a book on the place of animals, particularly dogs, in contemporary literature.




South Hall 2724

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Spring 2020 - Please email for appointment.


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English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


Literature and the Environment
Literary Theory
Twentieth Century Anglophone Literature

Research Interests: 

  • Animal Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • South African Literature
  • Reception Theory
  • Deconstruction



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