Miriam Fuchs


Miriam Fuchs’s most recent book The Text Is Myself: Women’s Life Writing and Catastrophe (U of Wisconsin P, 2004) distinguishes catastrophe from crisis in late 19th and 20th century writing, and has chapters on Queen Lili‘uokalani (Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen); H. D. (The Gift); Anna Banti (Artemisia); Grete Weil (The Bride Price); and Isabel Allende (Paula). The collection entitled Teaching Life Writing Texts, which she co-edited with Craig Howes, is forthcoming in the Options for Teaching series of the Modern Language Association. Other book publications are Breaking the Sequence: Women’s Experimental Fiction (Friedman and Fuchs, Princeton UP, 1989), a special issue of Review of Contemporary Fiction on women postmodernists, and Marguerite Young, Our Darling: Tributes and Essays (Dalkey, 1994). Published essays cover the work of William Gaddis, Marguerite Young, T.S. Eliot, preRaphaelite art and poetry, Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood, and Potiki by the Maori writer Patricia Grace. Biographical essays examine Queen Lili‘uokalani’s diaries, H.D.’s wartime autobiographical fiction, the association of Djuna Barnes, T. S. Eliot, and Emily Holmes Coleman, and the life of Hart Crane. Along with Craig Howes, she co-edits the UH journal Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly.

Areas of Interest

modernism, mixed genres, women’s literature, modern American literature, autobiography theory and criticism, art and literature, 20th-century women's literature, and all modes of life writing


Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1992 Frances Davis Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1992 College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, Excellence in Teaching Award, 1992


BS, State University of New York at Buffalo MA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst PhD, New York University