Dr. Zivah Perel Katz - English

Name: Zivah Perel Katz, Associate Professor


A.B. Cornell University, 1999
M.A. University of Delaware, 2001
Ph.D. University of Delaware, 2005

Courses I Teach:

English 101
English 102
English 213
English 220
English 412

Teaching philosophy:

My teaching emphasizes student analysis and the development of cogent and persuasive expression of this analysis through student writing.  By integrating course readings and class discussions with critical writing, I create a class where students not only gain confidence in their own critical voices, but also learn to express themselves through writing.  I believe that students desire courses that aspire not only to instruct, but also to encourage and empower.  I have found that when properly guided, my students are creative and enthusiastic critics who appreciate the space to explore ideas they find exciting and relevant. Each course I teach provides me with new opportunities to improve my pedagogy and help to create new writers and critics.

Research Interests:

20th Century American War Narratives
Film and Literature

Publications and Activities:

"Teaching Nella Larsen in an Urban Community College." Approaches to Teaching Nella Larsen, ed. Jacquelyn Y. McLendon. New York: Modern Language Association of America, In Contract. Print.
"Teaching Tim O'Brien in the Context of War Fiction." Approaches to Teaching Tim O'Brien, ed. Alex Vernon. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2010. Print.
“Individuality in Stanley Kubrick’s Marine Corps.” Literature/Film Quarterly 36.3 (2008): 223-32.
“A Farewell to Arms” and “The Naked and the Dead.” Facts on File Companion to the American Novel. New York: Facts on File, 2006.
“Transforming the Hero: Reconfiguring Masculine Identity in ‘The Secret Sharer.’” Conradiana 36.1-2, (Spring-Summer 2004): 111-30.
“Science and Technology in Steven Spielberg’s Adaptation of Brian Aldiss’s ‘Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,’” Film & History Conference, October 2008.
“War Stories Collide in Jarhead,” Literature/Film Annual Conference, October 2007.
“Real Isn’t Real Enough: Documentary Moments in Stanley Kubrick’s Films,” Film & History Conference, November 2006.

Recommended Web Sites:

Slate Magazine www.slate.com
The New York Times www.nytimes.com
Free Rice www.freerice.com
Gwap www.gwap.com
The Owl http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
Pandora Radio www.pandora.com

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.