College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Bimbisar Irom

Clinical Assistant Professor, WSU-Pullman

Bimbisar received his Ph.D. in 20th century American literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research is focused on two primary areas: the transition in the United States from the Old Left to the New Left to what we now call 'cultural studies' as mapped through the novel form; and the American 9/11 literature's examination of the conceptual structures of the U.S. nation-state (particularly the binaries of home and foreign, "us" and "them," the self and the Other). Bimbisar's research has been published extensively in prestigious journals including Contemporary Literature, Genre, Studies in American Fiction, Critique, and the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies. He has previously taught at the University of New Orleans and Michigan State University.


Selected Publications

  • Alterities in a Time of Terror: Notes on the Sub-Genre of the American 9/11 Novel, Contemporary Literature (53:3, Fall 2012).
  • Between 'Retreat' and 'Engagement': Incomplete Revolts and the Operations of Irony in E.L. Doctorow's The Book of Daniel, Studies in American Fiction (39:1,Spring 2012).
  • "moves to places not quite on the schedule": Irony and the Ethics of Action in Joan Didion's Democracy, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, (53:1, 2012).
  • Genre and Political Transition: The Problematic of the Collective Novel in Norman Mailer's The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, The Novel as History, Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, (44:1, Spring 2011).
  • Writing in from the Outside: Reflections on the 'Oh No! Syndrome' and Writing Pedagogy from a Non-Native Teacher, Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies: Forum on Writing at the University (12& 13, Spring & Fall 2010).


Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century American Culture and Literature
  • 9/11 Fiction
  • Contemporary Literature
  • The Novel
  • Immigrant and Transnational Fiction
  • Political Theory
  • Post-Marxism and Cultural Studies
  • History of the American Left
  • Multimodal and Hybrid Pedagogy
  • Digital Humanities


Graduate Supervision Interests
I am especially interested in working with graduate students who study contemporary literature and culture.


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