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Morris Beja

Morris Beja

Morris Beja

Academy Professor Emeritus


Areas of Expertise

  • Twentieth-century British and Irish literature
  • Film studies
  • The novel
  • James Joyce
  • Virginia Woolf


  • PhD, Cornell University, 1963
  • MA, Columbia University, 1958
  • BA, City College of New York, 1957


Morris Beja, Academy Professor Emeritus, received the university’s Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. He chaired the Department of English for eleven years. In retirement, he received the Undergraduate Auxiliary Professor of the Year Award. Beja has also been a visiting professor at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece; University College Dublin, Ireland; Beijing Foreign Studies University, China; and Northwestern University, U.S.A. Among the honors he has received are a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Fulbright Lectureships. His books include Epiphany in the Modern Novel; Film and Literature; James Joyce: A Literary Life; Tell Us About . . . A Memoir; and Not Even Past: A History of the Department of English, The Ohio State University, 1870-2000. He has edited scholarly editions of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and, forthcoming, of James Joyce’s epiphanies, as well as volumes of essays on film, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, and Orson Welles, and is the author of numerous essays on film and on Irish, British, and American fiction. He edited the James Joyce Newestlatter for forty years, from 1977 to 2017. Beja also founded the International Virginia Woolf Society and is past president of the International James Joyce Foundation, which presented him a Lifetime Achievement Award on Bloomsday, 2010; he was made an honorary trustee for life in 2012. He has directed or co-directed numerous international conferences, one on Beckett and seven on Joyce, including Bloomsday 100, the International James Joyce Symposium in Dublin, June 2004.

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