Modernist

One of the major strengths of the English Department is the number of its distinguished faculty who study, teach, and write on modernism. We have a dedicated and supportive community of professors, instructors, and graduate students who work together. William Cohen is a connoisseur of Oscar Wilde, John Auchard has done considerable work with Henry James and Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux has written on Yeats and the visual arts, on modern poetry and painting, and on digital scholarship. Richard Cross has published James Joyce, Malcolm Lowry, D. M. Thomas, and other modern writers, and Merle Collins writes on and edits Caribbean and contemporary Black British authors. Linda Kauffman and Brian Richardson have written widely on experimental literature and narrative theory; Richardson has recently published articles on Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Nabokov, and Beckett.

Several other professors' work centers on or engages with modernism. Zita Nuñes writes on the intersections of African American and Afro-Brazilian modernisms, Peter Mallios has published on Conrad, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Arnold edited and introduced Mina Loy's novel, Insel, Sheila Jelen is an expert on Hebrew and Yiddish modernism, Joshua Weiner has published on several of modernist poets. Members of our faculty also regularly work with professors of modern literature and culture in other departments including Theatre, Comparative Literature, Art History, Women's Studies, and American Studies and our own distinguished creative writing professors. Christina Walter has just been hired to further bolster our modernist faculty; she has published articles on HD and Mina Loy and is also working on Walter Pater, Michael Field, D. H. Lawrence, and T.S Eliot.

Our Faculty

Faculty Bookshelf

Emily Dickinson: A User's Guide
Wiley Blackwell ,2013
A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative
Ohio State University Press; 1 edition ,2013
The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish
The University of Chicago Press,2012
Co-Advisor ,Emily Dickinson Archive
Harvard University Press ,2012
Co-Editor, with Samuel Cohen,The Legacy of David Foster Wallace
University of Iowa Press,2012
Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates (Coauthored)
Ohio State University Press,2012
Empowerment on an Unstable Planet: From Seeds of Human Energy to a Scale of Global Change
Oxford University Press,2011
Twentieth-Century Poetry and the Visual Arts
Cambridge University Press,2011
Our Conrad: Constituting American Modernity
Stanford University Press,2010
Effacement
Flood Editions,2010
Co-Editor,Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries
University of Pennsylvania Press ,2009
Co-Editor,The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder
Harper Perennial,2009
Author,Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire
Harper Perennial ,2009
Editor,At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn
University of Chicago Press,2009
Editor ,Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby (Approaches to Teaching World Literature)
Modern Language Association of America ,2008
Co-Author,The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Volume A: Beginnings to 1800
Cengage Learning,2008
Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas
University of Minnesota Press,2008
Co-Editor,Emily Dickinson's Correspondences: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry
The University of Virginia Rotunda Press,2008
Narrative Beginnings: Theories and Practices
University of Nebraska Press,2008
Co-author,Jewish Literature And History: An Interdisciplinary Conversation (Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture)
CDL Press,2008
Co-Editor, with Mary Loeffelholz,A Companion to Emily Dickinson
Wiley-Blackwell,2008
Author,Hebrew, Gender, and Modernity: Critical Responses to Dvora Baron's Fiction
CDL Press: University Press of Maryland,2007
Intimations of Difference: Dvora Baron in the Modern Hebrew Renaissance (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, & Art)
Syracuse University Press,2006
Civilization
Flood Editions,2006
Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction
Ohio State University Press,2006
From the Book of Giants
2006
Co-Editor ,Conversations with August Wilson (Literary Conversations)
University Press of Mississippi,2005
Editor,The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library,2004
Co-Editor, with Carola Kaplan and Andrea White,Conrad in the Twenty-first Century: Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives
Routledge,2004
Contributor,Four Trials
Simon & Schuster,2004
Co-Editor ,F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Perspectives
University of Georgia Press,2003
Editor,The Portable Henry James
Penguin Classics,2003
Co-Editor,Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F.Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC,2003
Editor,Victory, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library,2003
Yeats and the Visual Arts
Syracuse University Press,2003
Editor,Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River, by Joseph Conrad
Modern Library,2002
Editor,Narrative Dynamics: Essays on Time, Plot, Closure, and Frames
Ohio State University Press,2002
Co-editor, with Neil Fraistat,Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print
University of Wisconsin Press,2001
Editor,Under Western Eyes
Modern Library Classics,2001
The World's Room
University of Chicago Press,2001
The Reef
University of Chicago Press,1999
Co-editor, with Ellen Louise Hart,Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson
Paris Press,1998
Unlikely Stories: Causality and the Nature of Modern Narrative
University of Delaware Press,1997
Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and the Biographical Act
University of North Carolina Press,1996
Editor,New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Neglected Stories
University of Missouri ,1996
Editor,Italian Hours
Pennsylvania State Univ Press,1990
Silence in Henry James: The Heritage of Symbolism and Decadence
Pennsylvania State Univ Press,1986
Malcolm Lowry: A Preface to His Fiction
University of Chicago Press,1979
Flaubert and Joyce: The Rite of Fiction
Princeton University Press,1971

Upcoming Events

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3:30 PM
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Sat Mar 28

9:00 AM

News

December 16, 2014
This fall, the English Undergraduate Association launched a new student group – the African Diaspora Reading Group, ADRG. The mission of the group is to explore and contribute to African Diaspora writing and educate others about this important body of literature.
December 15, 2014
Lena Stypeck, who graduated from the University with a BA in English in 2014, has started a writing center at the Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy in Baltimore.
December 9, 2014
The English Department would like to congratulate the University of Maryland’s Chi Tau chapter of Sigma Tau Delta for its 2014 Project Grant Award, recognizing its traveling tutoring program, Students for Students.
December 5, 2014
Adele Berlin, Robert H. Smith Professor of Bible Emerita and Professor of English Emerita, is being awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York this spring, in recognition of her contributions to Biblical and Jewish Studies. Congratulations, Adele!
December 3, 2014
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce our nominees for the 2015 Intro Journals Project, a literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country.
December 2, 2014
Congratulations to the following faculty members who have received RASAand CAPAA grants from the Graduate School for 2015-16.
November 21, 2014
Joshua Weiner was invited by the Academy of American Poets and the U.S. National Archives to write a poem in response to an object in the their online archive. Keep reading to learn more.
November 21, 2014
Nabila Hijazi, and Douglass Kern will present at the 2014 NCTE Annual Convention about Digital and Media Literacies this weekend.
November 20, 2014
Lecturer Caleb Kriesberg's essay, "What if Parson Weems is My Hero? Engaging American History Students in a Multicultural Classroom" was printed as part of the proceedings of a conference he attended last March, sponsored by the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. The conference was titled: "The Image of the Hero in Literature, Media, and Society," at which Caleb presented and lead discussions on his paper. Caleb learned about the conference from a flyer posted in Tawes Hall.
November 20, 2014
Lyra Hilliard and three undergraduate Teaching Assistants, Emily McDermott, Robbie Tully, and Sayema Tareq, will present at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) on Friday. Keep reading to learn more.

Resources

This list of useful resources for Modernists was assembled by Professor Brian Richardson and PhD Candidate Jennifer Wellman.  

Sample Exam Lists