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Comparative Literature Program

  • Steven F. Walker
  • Professor Comparative Literature
  • Personal Website
  • Specialty: Interface of ancient Greek and modern texts, Jungian interpretation of myth, modernist cryptic intertexts.
  • Degree: B.A., Wisconsin; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard
  • Scott Hall - Room 239


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey                                 
New Brunswick, NJ  08901                                                                      
Phone:  848-932-7606
Fax:  732-932-2041

Professor Steven Walker’s publications


Midlife Transformation in Literature and Film: Jungian and Eriksonian Perspectives
New York and London. Routledge. 2012

Jung and the Jungians on Myth
Korean Translation (Seoul: Sigma Press, 2012) New York: Garland, 1995. Second (expanded) edition: New York: Routledge, 2002

A Cure for Love: a Generic Study of the Pastoral Idyll
New York: Garland, 1987.

Theocritus. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1980.


“Latent Icons: Compensatory Images of the Sacred in Modernist Literature and Painting.” Modernism(Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages XXI, ed. Vivian Liska and Astradur Eysteinsson. Coauthored with W.B. Faris. (Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007), pp. 637-650.

“The Satanic Cyclops: the Scapegoating Process and the Xenophobic Imagination in Ulysses and The Satanic Verses.” Comparative Literature Today: Theories and Practice/ La Littérature comparée à l’heure actuelle: théories et réalisations, ed. Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Milan V. Dimic (Paris: Honoré Champion, 1998), pp. 1-9.

"Magical Archetypes: Midlife Miracles in The Satanic Verses.” Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community, ed. Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris (Duke University Press, 1995), pp. 347-369.

"Vivekananda and American Occultism." The Occult in America: New Historical Perspectives. Ed. Howard Kerr and Charles L. Crow (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1983), pp. 162-176.

"Indian Literature." A Syllabus of Comparative Literature, ed. John O. McCormick (Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1972), pp. 117-122.



"'Art Thou Real, My Ideal?'" Jung's Animus in Joyce's Nausicaa." Hypermedia Joyce Studies (posted January, 2010).

"Borderline Personality Disorder and Moliere's Tartuffe." Scheduled to be published in Quadrant: the Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York for Analytical Psychology (Winter, 2010), 92-108

“Nabokov’s Lolita and Goethe’s Faust: the Ghost in the Novel.”  Comparative Literature Studies 46.3 (Fall, 2009), 512-535.

“A Tremendous Spiritual Force of Restraint.” The Monk Without Frontiers: Reminiscences of Swami Ranganathananda, ed. Shyamali Chowdhury. Kolkata: Advaita Ashrama, 2008, pp. 694-696.   

“Arjuna’s Eunuch Problem and the Gita’s Epic Frame.” American Vedantist 14.1 (Summer, 2008), 9-14 and American Vedantist 14.2 (Fall, 2008), 8-16.

“Myth: thematic and psychoanalytical approaches.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory, ed. David Herman, Manfred Jahn and Marie-Laure Ryan. New York and London: Routledge, 2005.

“The Invention of Theater: Recontextualizing the Vexing Question.” Comparative Literature, 56.1 (Winter, 2004), 1-22.

“The Name of the Madeleine: Signs and Symbols of the Mass in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.” Religion and the Arts, 7.4 (2003), 389-411.

“Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw.” The Explicator, 61.2 (Winter 2003), 94-96.

“‘A Shadow of a Snarl’: An Illustration of Guggenbühl-Craig’s Theory of Psychopathy in Toni Morrison’s Novel Sula.” Quadrant: the Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York, XXXII:1 (Winter 2002), 43-55.

Mentors, Mixed Messages and the Patriarchal Perplex.” A special issue “Examining/Experiencing Masculinities” in Mattoid, 54 (Australia) (Summer,1999), 167-184.

 Jung on Yoga and Realization: ‘A Glimpse Behind the Veil’ (I).” Bulletin of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (Calcutta) (July, 1995), 260-266.

Jung on Yoga and Realization: ‘A Glimpse Behind the Veil’ (II).” Bulletin of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (Calcutta) (August, 1995), 320-328.

"The Myth of the Last Day: C.G. Jung's Apocalyptic Visions." Ellipses (1994), 9-14. (with Larry Murphy)

"Landscape as Compensation: Some Multicultural Perspectives." Studies in the Humanities, 19, 2 (December, 1992), 110-125.

"Reading Rushdie Reflectively." Ellipses, (1991), 73-76.

"Literal Truth and Soul-Making Fiction in R.K. Narayan's Novel The English Teacher: Jungian Psychology versus Spiritualist Fantasy." Weber Studies: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Journal, 6,2 (Fall, 1987), 43-62.

Gongora's Soledad Primera : An Epic Amplification of Pastoral Themes." Kentucky Romance Quarterly, 28, 4 (Fall, 1981), 371-381.

"'Poetry is / is not a cure for love:' The Conflict of Theocritean and Petrarchan Topoi in The Shepheardes Calender.” Studies in Philology, 76, 4 (Fall, 1979), 353-365.

"Mallarmé's Symbolist Eclogue: The 'Faune' as Pastoral." PMLA, 93, 1 (January, 1978), 106-117.

"Marvell's 'To His Coy Mistress.'" The Explicator, 38.1 (Fall, 1979), 2-3.

"Pastoral and Kalidasa's 'Cloud Messenger': An East-West Generic Comparison." Literature East and West, 221, 1-4 (1977). 112-119.

 Professional Activities
Organizer, "Cosmopolitan Irreverence," a three-day panel. ACLA annual meeting, 2010.
Co-organizer, "The Periphery Strikes Back," a three-day panel. ACLA annual meeting, 2009.
Co-Organizer, "The Animal Other in Literature, Art and Film," a three-day panel. ACLA annual meeting, 2008.









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