Irene Chipurnoi Williams

Irene Chipurnoi Williams
Phone: (619) 260-4118
Office: Founders Hall 180A

Professor, English

  • Ph.D., Columbia University, English
  • M.A. Columbia University, English
  • B.A., Bennington College, English

Irene Williams, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1982.  She offers undergraduate courses in nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. literature, modern European literature, and literature of genocide and occupation.  Her research focus is nineteenth-century U.S./New England literature.

Scholarly Work

Williams’ research, writing, and conference presentations focus on the work of Emerson, Brownson, Wharton, Stein, and Dahlberg.

Areas of Interest

Williams has taught a variety of courses at USD where the focus of study is big books by challenging authors:  Moby Dick by Melville, Specimen Days by Whitman, The Making of Americans by Stein, Life A User's Manual by Perec, Red Cavalry by Babel among them.  She is especially interested in engaging students with dense, demanding , idiosyncratic literary texts that challenge them to read in new ways.  In addition to teaching departmental classes, Williams has participated in team-taught, interdisciplinary classes for the Honors Program, most recently “Studies in Modern Palestinian Art and Literature” with Professor John Halaka and "Studies In Modern Latin American Art & Literature" with Professor Derrick Cartwright.