• Maura Spiegel

    Senior Lecturer in Discipline in English and Comparative Literature
    402 Philosophy
    Office Hours:
    (212) 854 6418

    Areas of Interest :
    19th-century British and European novel; 20th-century American and British fiction; American Studies; film, film theory; gender theory; European modernism

     B.A. Bennington College; Ph.D., Columbia University.  Professor Spiegel specializes in contemporary fiction, film and narrative theory.  Part of the Core Faculty of the Program in Narrative Medicine, she teaches in Columbia’s new Master of Science Program in Narrative Medicine; she runs writing workshops for the staff of the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture, and she teaches a film course to second-year medical students at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the co-author of The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying and Living On (Anchor/ Doubleday), The Breast Book: An Intimate and Curious History (Workman), which was a Book-of-the-Month Club-Quality Paperbacks selection; she has recently edited editions of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes for the Barnes & Noble Classics Series.  She co-edited the journal Literature and Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press) for seven years, has written for The New York Times, and has published essays on the history of the emotions, fashion in film, the film-viewer’s parallel processes, and Charles Dickens, among many other topics.  She is currently writing a book about the films of Sidney Lumet.