George Bornstein, C. A. Patrides Professor of English Language and Literature in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, retired from active faculty status on December 31st, 2006.
George Bornstein attended Harvard University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1963. He then attended Princeton University, where he earned his Doctorate in 1966. Professor Bornstein joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as associate professor in 1970 and was promoted through the ranks to professor in 1975.
Professor Bornstein is one of the most distinguished and admired scholars of Modernism in his generation. For decades, as he devoted himself to the study of the literature and culture of the later 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries, his energetic teaching, his tireless advising, his work at conferences, his service to the profession, and his prolific publication of books, articles, and reviews have done an enormous amount to further scholars' understanding of an extraordinarily wide range of topics in the field of literary studies. He made Michigan a congenial, challenging, and productive center for students of Modernism-whether they were undergraduates, graduate students, colleagues, or distinguished faculty from colleges and universities around the world. His many former students, now teachers and scholars themselves, are continuing to shape the study of twentieth-century literature, profiting by his training and his example.
In his courses and his publications, Professor Bornstein has always encouraged his students and his readers to cross intellectual, historical, and methodological boundaries-whether it be to bring Romantic and Modern poets into conversation with one another, to combine editorial theory with incisive interpretive approaches to poetry and prose or, in the last decade or so of his career, to rethink questions of the social and aesthetic constructions of race and ethnicity in the light of a deeply historicized characterization of Modernism. He is the author of seven scholarly monographs, and the editor of twelve books. He has published close to fifty articles, numerous reviews, and he has given talks at conferences, colleges, and universities throughout the United States, in Ireland, England, and Germany. He has offered distinguished service to the Department, the College and the University.
The Regents salute this distinguished scholar by naming George Bornstein professor emeritus of English language and literature.
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry, especially Yeats, Pound, Moore, and Stevens; modern Irish Literary Renaissance, especially Joyce; editorial theory and textual construction; material textuality; modernism.
Literary and cultural influence, history of the book, Irish literature, and American Jewish literature.
W.B. Yeats: Early Essays, v. 4 of The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats (Scribner, 2007); Material Modernism: The Politics of the Page (Cambridge University Press, 2001); The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture (University of Michigan Press, 1998); W.B. Yeats: Under the Moon, The Unpublished Early Poetry (Scribner, 1995); Contemporary German Editorial Theory (University of Michigan Press, 1995); W.B. Yeats: The Early Poetry, v. 2 (Cornell University Press, 1994); Palimpsest: Editorial Theory in the Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 1993); Representing Modernist Texts: Editing as Interpretation (University of Michigan Press, 1991); W.B. Yeats: Letters to the New Island, v. 7 of The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats (Macmillan Publishing Company, 1990); Poetic Remaking: The Art of Browning, Yeats, and Pound (Penn State Press, 1988); W.B. Yeats: The Early Poetry, v. (Cornell University Press, 1987); Ezra Pound Among the Poets (University of Chicago Press, 1985); Yeats: An Annual (co-editor, Cornell University Press, 1985); Romantic and Modern: Reevaluations of Literary Tradition (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1977); The Postromantic Consciousness of Ezra Pound (University of Victoria ELS Literary Monograph Series, 1977); Transformations of Romanticism in Yeats, Eliot, and Stevens (University of Chicago Press, 1976); Yeats and Shelley (University of Chicago Press, 1970); and numerous articles.