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Leah Toth

Assistant Professor of English

B.S., Troy University
M.A., University of Alabama Birmingham
Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Programs: English

Leah Toth is an assistant professor of English who joined the faculty at St. Norbert College in 2018. She specializes in twentieth-century literature and teaches courses primarily in modern British literature, film and writing.

Toth is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on literature and sound within historical contexts. Her current book project, “Resonant Modernism: Sound, Noise, and Technology in Modern Literature,” argues that innovations in the recording of sound equipped literary modernists including James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Ralph Ellison and Samuel Beckett with new resources for depicting the self. Toth also writes about film and has a forthcoming article on American jazz musicians as the cultural wellspring for Stanley Kramer’s depiction of white hipsters in his 1953 film The Wild One.

Toth piloted the first film studies course at St. Norbert in the spring of 2019 and looks forward to developing more specialized film courses for English majors and minors. She also hopes to convince her students that Samuel Beckett is “the Shakespeare of the twentieth century” and admits that this is a far more difficult task than she had anticipated.

Courses
ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature: Sound and Music in Modern Narratives
ENGL 210 Introduction to Film
ENGL 212 The Modern British Novel
ENGL 226 Survey of English Literature II: Blake to the Present
ENGL 314 Modern Drama
ENGL 489 Advanced Seminar in Literary Studies: James Joyce
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