Beth Ash

Beth S. Ash

Associate Professor

Professional Summary

Beth Ash received her undergraduate degree in literature with high honors from the University of Michigan and holds a MA and PhD in English from the University of Virginia. She is the author of Writing In Between: Joseph Conrad and the Psychosocial Dilemmas of Modernity and numerous journal articles and book chapters on the topics of literary modernism, feminism as critique, and feminist revisions of psychoanalysis. Although a new joint appointment with the Center, she has long been teaching the undergraduate Feminist Theory and the graduate Feminist Theory: Foundations for the Center. She also offers seminars on feminism and psychoanalysis, assists with student advising, and serves on MA committees.


PhD: University of Virginia To Present

Abbreviated Publications


Writing In Between: Modernity and Psychosocial Dilemma in the Novels of Joseph Conrad. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

Book Chapter

"New Essays on The Portait of a Lady." Frail Vessels and Vast Designs: A Portrait of Isabel Archer. Ed. Joel Porte. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. 123, 163.

Peer Reviewed Publications

"Review Essay on Dreams of Authority by Ronald Thomas." Psychohistory 21 (1993): 221, 232.

"Review of Thomas Mann and Georg Lukacs by Judith Marcus." Comparative Literature Studies 37 (1990).

"Walter Benjamin: Ethnic Fears, Oedipal Anxieties, Political Consequences." New German Critique 48 (1989): 2, 42.

"Jewish Hermeneutics and Contemporary Theory: Hartman, Bloom, and Derrida." Modern Philology 49 (1987): 65, 80.

"Review of The Deconstructive Turn by Christopher Norris." Modern Philology 48 (1986).

"An Anatomy of Cultural identity in Diaspora Literature.".

Work in Progress

A Theory Textbook for Undergraduates..

Hysterical Fictions: Readings in Henry James. Palgrave Press.



(2004. ) Deconstruction and the Art of Interpretation in Contemporary Psychotherapy .

(02-2001. ) Acting Female: Henry James in Familial and Cultural Contexts .University of Cincinnati.

(11-1999. ) The Sensation of A Dream: Marlow’s Narrative Trance in Heart of Darkness .Univesitaire de Lumier, Lyons France.

(05-1999. ) Lacan’s Essays on Feminine Sexuality .Boston University .

(08-1998. ) Joseph Conrad Hugs a Horse: An Overdetermined Moment in The Secret Agent .

(06-1998. ) Mourning in Joseph Conrad’s Fiction .Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute.

(04-1997. ) Shakespeare’s King Lear and Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres: Feminist Reading and Canon Revision .

(06-1996. ) An Introduction to Julia Kristeva .Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute.

(1995. ) Feminism, Postmodernism, and Psychoanalysis .Women’s Studies Group of the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute.

(1994. ) Babe Feminism’s Saleable Image: The Co-optation of Women’s Resistance by the Culture Industry (?) .

(06-1993. ) Reinterpreting Henry James from a Post-Freudian Standpoint .Henry James Sesquicentennial Conference.

(1992. ) The Perversity of Moral Recuperation in The Golden Bowl .

(11-1992. ) Theorizing Feminism and Post-Modernism in Classical Scholarship .Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati .

(1992. ) Psychosocial Dialectics, A Wilderness of Babies, and Imperialist Ideology and Heart of Darkness, a Mini-Visiting Professorship on Joseph Conrad and Psychoanalytic Theory .University of Tennessee.

(1991. ) Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Social Agency .

(1991. ) Winnicott, Lacan, and Literary Criticism .

(1990. ) Feminist Scholarship on Virginia Woolf .University of Chicago.

(1989. ) Kristeva’s Encounter with Female Hysteria .

(1989. ) On the One Hand, On the Other Hand; Derrida’s De Man .Hillel House, University of Chicago.

(1988. ) Critical Theory and Contemporary Jewish Scholars .University of Chicago.

(1987. ) A Psychoanalytic Portrait of Isabel Archer .

(1987. ) Freud, Feminism, and The Portrait of a Lady: Revising Freud’s Theory of Female Sexuality .Midwest Faculty Seminar – Conference on Gender.

(1985. ) Dionysius and Ariadne: A Reading of Nietzche’s Beyond Good and Evil .University of Chicago.


modernism, critical theory

Courses Taught