Rachel Hollander

Associate Professor

Rachel Hollander is an Associate Professor of English and director of the Honors Program on the Staten Island campus. Research and teaching interests include Victorian and Modernist literature, the novel, postcolonialism, and theories of ethics/hospitality, gender, and sexuality. Her first book, Narrative Hospitality in Late Victorian Fiction: Novel Ethics (Routledge 2013), examined the shift from an ethics of sympathy to narrative hospitality in novels by George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, and Thomas Hardy. She has recently published articles on Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, and Olive Schreiner and is currently working on late Victorian Jewish author Amy Levy.

Undergraduate: Global literature, Topics in Theory, Reading and Writing for the English Major, 19th Century Women’s Literature, Victorian Novel, Modern Novel, Modernism, Gothic Literature, Women’s Literature, Hospitality in Literature, Representations of War and Violence.

Graduate: Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature, 19th Century Literature and Imperialism, Emergence of Modernism, Ethics of the 19th Century Novel, Virginia Woolf, Teaching Literature

“Not Just Feminists: Queer Hospitality in Olive Schreiner and Amy Levy” NAVSA Conference, Bethlehem, PA September 2022.

“Dreams and Mythologies: Queer Community in Olive Schreiner and Amy Levy” INCS Conference, Salt Lake City, UT March 2022.

“Olive Schreiner and the Aesthetics of Allegory” NAVSA Conference, Columbus, OH October 2019.

“‘The new sun is rising:’ Conrad, Women, and Hope” Joseph Conrad Society Panel, MLA Conference, Chicago, IL January 2019.

“Radical Ethics in Missionary Form: Allegory, Race, and Gender in the Fiction of Olive Schreiner” NAVSA Conference, St. Petersburg, FL October 2018.

“Between Sympathy and Hospitality: Ethics, Gender, and Colonialism in The Story of an African Farm” Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide Conference of the Midlands Modernist Network, Birmingham, UK April 2018.

“Colonial bodies and the possibility of resistance in The Story of an African Farm” INCS Conference, Philadelphia, PA March 2017.

“Preserved by obscurity:” Indifference and Ethics in Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas,” Under Surveillance in the Space Between, 1914-1945 Conference, Montreal, CA June 2016.

“Missionary Hospitality?: Ethical possibilities in Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm,” The Languages of Literature: Attridge at 70 Conference, York, England May 2015.

“Ethical Indifference: Politics and Aesthetics in Three Guineas,” MSA Conference, Pittsburgh, PA November 2014.

“Modernist Hospitality: Virginia Woolf, War, and the Ethics of Literature,” Derrida Today Conference, New York, NY May 2014.

“Indifference, Autocracy, War: Ethical Interventions in Conrad and Woolf,” MLA Annual Convention, Boston, MA, January 2013.

“‘I love to you:’ Death and Intimacy in The Story of an African Farm,” MSA Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 2012.

“‘Pernicious Literature:’ Borders, Hospitality, and Novel Theory in the 1880s,” NAVSA Conference, Madison, WI, September 2012.

“Ethics and Politics in Conrad,” MSA Conference, Buffalo, NY, October 2011.

“‘I was a stranger, and ye took me in:’ Unhomely Hospitality in Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm,” Hospitable Text Conference, London, UK July 2011.

“New Men: Nature and Ethics in Hardy and Schreiner,” INCS Conference, Claremont, CA April 2011.

“Home and Away: Narrative Hospitality in The Story of an African Farm,” British Women Writers Conference, College Station, TX April 2010.

“Silence as justice in Joseph Conrad’s Under Western Eyes,” ACLA, Cambridge, MA March 2009.

“‘The Ardent Eighties:’ Narrative Hospitality and Literary Realism at the end of the Nineteenth Century,” Invited Presentation, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society meeting, St. John’s University, Queens, NY October 2008.

“Narrative Hospitality: Levinas and Late Realism,” North American Levinas Society Annual Conference, Seattle, WA August 2008.

“Narrative Hospitality in The Story of an African Farm,” International Society for the Study of Narrative Annual Conference, Austin, TX May 2008.

“Politics of Hospitality in The Story of an African Farm,” Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Annual Conference, Miami, FL April 2008.

“Narrative Hospitality in The Story of an African Farm,” Invited Presentation, Columbia University Women and Society Seminar, New York, NY February 2008.

“Ethics of Indifference: Woolf, War, and Feminism,” MLA Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA December 2006.

Co-Organizer: "From the Female Petitioners to Three Guineas: Women, War and Writing in England" workshop, Attending to Early Modern Women VI Conference, University of Maryland, November 2006.

“Trauma and the Possibility of Justice in Under Western Eyes,” seminar, MSA Conference, Tulsa, OK October 2006.

"Novel Ethics: Alterity and Form in Woolf," MLA Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., December 2005.

"Teaching Ethics in Woolf," MSA Conference, Chicago, IL November 2005.

“Ethical Pedagogies,” seminar, MSA Conference, Chicago, IL November 2005.

"Beyond Empathy: Ethics of Alterity in Daniel Deronda," NEMLA, Boston, MA March 2005.

"Modernist Ethics of Form and Knowledge in Jacob's Room," MSA Conference, Vancouver, B.C. October 2004.

"Ethics of Silence in Thomas Hardy's The Woodlanders," SCMLA, New Orleans, LA October 2004.

"'A cry from the depths of another soul:' Daniel Deronda and the Ethics of Alterity," Congress CATH 2002: "Translating Class, Altering Hospitality," Leeds, UK, June 2002.




Narrative Hospitality in Late Victorian Fiction: Novel Ethics New York: Routledge, 2013.


“‘The new sun is rising:’ Conrad, Women, and Hope” in Joseph Conrad and Postcritique: Politics of Hope, Politics of Fear, ed. Jay Parker and Joyce Wexler, Palgrave, 2021: 43-62.

“Queer Hospitality and African Resistance in the Novels of Olive Schreiner.” English in Africa 48.1 (April 2021): 73-96.

“Indifference as Resistance: Virginia Woolf’s Feminist Ethics in Three Guineas.” Feminist Modernist Studies 2.1 (2019), 81-103.

“Thinking Otherwise: Ethics and Politics in Joseph Conrad’s Under Western Eyes.” Journal of Modern Literature 38 (2015), 1-19.

Entry Editor: “The Story of an African Farm, An Introduction to.” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 309. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2015.

“Novel Ethics: Alterity and Form in Jacob’s Room.” Twentieth-Century Literature 53 (2007), 40-66.

"Daniel Deronda and the Ethics of Alterity." Literature, Interpretation,Theory 16 (2005), 75-99.

Reprinted in: Levinas and Nineteenth-Century Literature, Ed. Donald R. Wehrs and David P.Haney, University of Delaware Press, 2009, 264-87.