Natania Rosenfeld / Professor Emeritus of English


Natania Rosenfeld grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and went to Princeton for a Ph.D in English literature. During her “wandering years” she worked as Assistant Curator of Books and Manuscripts at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, taught composition at the University of Pennsylvania and a range of courses at The Curtis Institute of Music, was Associate Editor at The American Poetry Review, and spent three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University. She taught at Knox from 1998 until 2018. 

Natania has published one critical book, Outsiders Together: Virginia and Leonard Woolf (Princeton University Press, 2000), several articles on literary modernism in scholarly journals, and and a book of poetry, Wild Domestic (Sheep Meadow, 2015). In recent years, she has published her short fiction, personal essays, and poems in an array of magazines including Southwest Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Hotel Amerika, The American Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, The Fairy Tale Review, Prairie Schooner, Rhino, and POOL. Three of her essays have been listed as “Notable” in annual Best American Essays collections. She has held writers’ fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Jentel Foundation, Ragdale, and Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. 

Natania’s teaching concentrated on the areas of modern and contemporary English literature, creative nonfiction, the Holocaust, and Jewish-American literature. She taught single-author courses on Virginia Woolf and on James Joyce, on whom she has published and given conference papers with a particular emphasis on Jewish motifs in Ulysses. In 1999, she was invited to attend a summer seminar for college teachers at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, taught by the late Raul Hilberg. She has traveled to Eastern Europe and her latest project, a novel entitled “Hidden,” focuses on Jews hidden in World War II, their afterlives in New York as well as those of their hiders in Poland, and their descendants.

Natania has also completed a collection of personal essays entitled “Eye, Myself and Jew: On Art and Identity,” and is at work on “Scribbling Jewesses: Intertwined Essays on Else Lasker-Schueler, Charlotte Salomon, Florine Stettheimer, Maira Kalman and Sophie Herxheimer,” as well as a second book of poems, “The Green Lamp.”