Barbara Will

Academic Appointments

Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
A. and R. Newbury Professor of English

I specialize in twentieth-century literature, culture, and history, with a comparative emphasis upon Anglo-American and French modernism.  

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As an administrator, I have been chair of the Presidential Steering Committee for Moving Dartmouth Forward (, Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, and, since September 1, 2021, am the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives.

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215 Sanborn
HB 6045
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Dean of Faculty
B.A. Yale University
M.A. Bryn Mawr College
Ph.D. Duke University

Selected Publications

Race Matters in the 21st Century: Essays on the Work of Cornel West (under submission)

Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Faÿ, and the Vichy Dilemma. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

Gertrude Stein, Modernism, and the Problem of “Genius,” Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000.

The Strange Politics of Gertrude Stein,” Humanities, The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities 33:2 (March-April 2012).

"Thinking Globally? The Idea, Ideology, and Limits of Cosmopolitanism," Remate de Males (Brazil), and ABC (Romania) (February 2011).

"'And Then One Day There Was A War': Gertrude Stein, Children's Literature, and World War II," Children's Literature Association Quarterly 32:4 (November, 2007): 340-53.

"The Great Gatsby and the Obscene Word," College Literature 32.4 (Fall 2005): 125-44.

"Gertrude Stein and Zionism," Modern Fiction Studies 51: 2 (Summer 2005): 437-55.

"Lost in Translation: Stein's Vichy Collaboration," Modernism/modernity 11:4 (November 2004), 651-668.

“Gertrude Stein, Automatic Writing and the Mechanics of Genius,” Forum for Modern Language Studies , 37:2 (2001) 1-9.

"The Nervous Origins of the American Western," American Literature 70:2 (June 1998): 293-316.

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