- Additional Positions at AU
- Professor of Literature
- Ph.D. in English Literature, University of London; B.A. in English, University of Colorado
- Professor Rubenstein's primary teaching interests include Modernist fiction, literature by Modernist and contemporary women writers, and feminist literary theory. She has published more than thirty articles and book chapters, as well as six books, two co-edited books, and one monograph: The Novelistic Vision of Doris Lessing: Breaking the Forms of Consciousness (1979); Boundaries of the Self: Gender, Culture, Fiction (1987); Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women's Fiction (2001); Reminiscences of Leonard Woolf (2005 - monograph); Virginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View (2009); Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and roman a clef (2014); and Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook After Fifty (co-edited with Alice Ridout and Sandra Singer, 2015). She has co-edited, with her husband, AU Professor Emeritus Charles R. Larson, an anthology of short stories, Worlds of Fiction (1993; 2nd ed. 2001). At American University, she has been honored with several awards for teaching and scholarship, including the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching (twice) and its Senior Scholar Award. She was named American University's Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 1994.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- The Novelistic Vision of Doris Lessing: Breaking the Forms of Consciousness.Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1979.
- Boundaries of the Self: Gender, Culture, Fiction.U of Illinois P, 1987.
- Worlds of Fiction, co-editor, with Charles R. Larson. New York: Macmillan, 1993, 2002 (2nd. ed.) Anthology of international short fiction: 126 stories with introduction, endnotes, and questions. Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2002.
- Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women’s Fiction New York: Palgrave, 2001.
- Reminiscences of Leonard Woolf. Bloomsbury Heritage Series, No. 40. London: Cecil Woolf Publishers, 2005.
- Virginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
- Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and Roman a Clef, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
- Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook After Fifty (co-ed. with Alice Ridout and Sandra Singer), Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Area of Expertise
Women in fiction; gender issues; feminist literary criticism; modern and contemporary fiction; women writers, including Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, Shirley Jackson, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Drabble, Toni Morrison, and Barbara Kingsolver
Roberta Rubenstein has published six critical studies of modern and contemporary women writers, including, most recently, Virginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and Roman à Clef (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook After Fifty (a collection of essays co-edited with Alice Ridout and Sandra Singer; Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her Reminiscences of Leonard Woolf (Cecil Woolf Publishers, 2005) traces her friendship with Virginia Woolf's husband. She was named American University's Scholar Teacher of the Year in 1994 and recipient of the MLA Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship in 1999.