Debra Shostak

Debra Shostak

Professor; Chair of Film Studies; Mildred Foss Thompson Professor of English Language and Literature

Department/Affiliation: English, Film Studies, Comparative Literature
Phone: 330-263-2402
Office Address: 221 Kauke


  • B.A., Carleton 1975
  • M.A., Wisconsin 1977
  • Ph.D., Wisconsin 1985

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 120: ILCS: Modern Selves
  • ENGL 220  William Faulkner
  • ENGL 230  Tradition/Countertradition in 19th Century American Literature
  • ENGL 240  Narrative and the Real World
  • ENGL 240  American Film
  • ENGL 401  Perspectives and Methods in Independent Study
  • First Year Seminar: Art to Art, Text to Text: Rewriting Literature on Film (current topic)

Awards & Professional Memberships

  • Consulting editor, Philip Roth Studies
  • Specialist reader, MELUS, The Journal of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
  • Modern Language Association
  • Philip Roth Society

Publications (Recent)

  • "Pennies from Heaven from BBC to MGM: Adaptation and the Anti-Musical.” Journal of Adaptation in Film and Video. Forthcoming Vol. 6 (2013).
  • “Marginal Writers; or, Jews Who Aren’t.” Edinburgh Companion to Modern Anglophone Jewish Fiction, ed. David Brauner and Axel Stähler. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.  Forthcoming 2013.
  • “Philip Roth,” Cambridge Companion to American Novelists, ed. Timothy Parrish. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2013.
  • “Late Style in the Later Novels.” Critical Insights: Philip Roth. Ed. Aimee Pozorski.  Pasadena: Salem Press. Forthcoming 2013.
  • “‘Into Thin Air’: Roth and Celebrity Selfhood.” Philip Roth and Celebrity. Ed. Aimee Pozorski. Lexington Books. Forthcoming 2013.
  • “The ‘very sudden thing’: Narration and the Fall into History.” Reading Philip Roth’sAmerican Pastoral, ed. Velichka Ivanova.  Toulouse, France: Presses Universitaires du Mirail. (2011).
  • “Biography: John Updike.” Critical Insights: John Updike. Ed. Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2011.
  • “‘A story we could live with’: Narrative Voice, the Reader, and Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides,” Modern Fiction Studies 55.4 (Winter 2009): 808-32.
  • “In the Country of Missing Persons: Paul Auster’s Narratives of Trauma,” Studies in the Novel 41.1 (Spring 2009)
  • “Dancing in Hollywood’s Blue Box: Genre and Screen Memories in David Lynch’s MulhollandDrive,” Post Script 28.1 (Fall 2008): 11-29.
  • “‘Theory uncompromised by practicality’: Hybridity in Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex,” Contemporary Literature 49.3 (Fall 2008): 383-412.
  • “Under the Sign of Moon Palace: Paul Auster and the Body in the Text,” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 49.2 (Winter 2008): 149-68.
  • “Roth and Gender.”  The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth.  Ed. Timothy Parrish.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.  111-126.


Shostak specializes in 20th and 21st century American fiction and film.