Ramsey McGlazer studies comparative modernisms, critical theory, poetry and poetics, postwar Italian film, and theories of gender, sexuality, and subjectivity.
His research traverses the Italian, English, Irish, and Latin American (especially Argentinean and Brazilian) contexts, and his essays have appeared or are forthcoming in differences, The Italianist, Modernism/modernity, and Postmodern Culture, among other publications. His first book is forthcoming in 2019 in the Lit Z series at Fordham University Press. The book brings literature and film into conversation with educational theory in order to account for a series of increasingly radical aesthetic efforts to repurpose “the old school” in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Against the individualizing and presentist tendencies of influential strands of progressive pedagogy, figures ranging from Pater and Joyce to Pasolini and Rocha find resources for critique and even collective resistance in the old school’s residual, repetitious teaching techniques. They show that, transposed into poetry, fiction, and film, these techniques can enable the change that they might appear to rule out or impede.
Ramsey completed a Ph.D. in comparative literature and critical theory at UC Berkeley in 2015. In 2015-2016, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University, and in 2016 his dissertation was awarded the American Comparative Literature Association’s Charles Bernheimer Prize for best dissertation in the field. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs and an Associate Editor of the open access web journal Critical Times.
For the journal’s inaugural issue, Ramsey edited a special section on “Transnational Feminist Strikes and Solidarities,” gathering activist contributions from four countries as well as critical frameworks for understanding recent feminist strikes. In all of his work, Ramsey attends to the resources that remain available in aesthetic and social forms that have been deemed obsolete or even declared “dead,” from the old school to the strike and from psychoanalysis to cinema. In his teaching, he works to show students why and how these forms can still be good to think with today.