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. Christina Walter’s book, Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism, has chapters on H.D., Mina Loy, T. S. Eliot, and D. H. Lawrence, as well as shorter discussions of Virginia Woolf, Ford Madox Ford, and Ezra Pound; her current project, "The Modernist Bite," traces how literary and visual modernism adapts food and digestive sciences to explain the nature of aesthetics, the role of community in modernism, and the cultural function of literary studies. Peter Mallios has published an award-winning book, Our Conrad: Constituting American Modernity and has edited several books by and about Joseph Conrad. Brian Richardson has authored or co-authored four books and over fifty articles that discuss twentieth century fiction and drama, in particular the works of Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, and Beckett. He is currently completing a book on the fate of misreading by characters in modernist fiction and plans to follow this with a book on Ulysses. He is the past President of the Joseph Conrad Society of America and a member of the editorial board of Conradiana. He also edited and introduced a special issue of Conradiana on Conrad and the Reader.

Several other professors' work centers on or engages with modernism. Zita Nunes, author of Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas, writes on the intersections of African American and Afro-Brazilian modernisms. Elizabeth Arnold edited and introduced Mina Loy's novel, Insel; Sheila Jelen is an expert on Hebrew and Yiddish modernism and has written and edited several books in those areas, including Modern Jewish Literatures; and Joshua Weiner has published on several modernist poets. William Cohen is a connoisseur of Oscar Wilde, John Auchard has done considerable work with Henry James and Graham Greene, and Merle Collins writes on and edits modern and contemporary Caribbean and Black British authors. Julius Fleming Jr. is completing a book, "Choreographies of Freedom: Performance and the Modern Civil Rights Movement," which examines the centrality of black literature and performance to the cultural and political landscapes of the modern Civil Rights Movement.Linda Kauffman has written widely on modern and contemporary experimental literature and its theory. 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.

Our Faculty

Faculty Bookshelf

Co-Author,Research Ethics Education in Graduate International Collaborations
Council of Graduate Schools,2017
Author,Skeleton Coast
Flood Editions,2017
Author,Berlin Notebook: Where are the Refugees?
Los Angeles Review of Books ,2016
author ,Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction
Harvard University Press,2016
Author,Life
Flood Editions,2014
Author,Emily Dickinson: A User's Guide
Wiley Blackwell ,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
,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 ,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
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
,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
editor,The Facts on File Companion to American Drama
Facts on File,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
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
,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
author,Silverless Mirrors: Book, Self and Postmodern American Fiction
University Press of Florida,1983
,Malcolm Lowry: A Preface to His Fiction
University of Chicago Press,1979
co-author,Performance in Postmodern Culture
Coda Press for the Center for 20th Cent. Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin,1977
,Flaubert and Joyce: The Rite of Fiction
Princeton University Press,1971
Christina Walter, OPTICAL IMPERSONALITY (2105)
Author,Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism
Johns Hopkins University Press,2014

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News

January 10, 2019
Tita Chico and the UMD BookLab were recently featured on UMD's Research Roundup. You can read the piece on Tita Chico's The Experimental Imagination:Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment here, and the piece on the BookLab here. 
January 8, 2019
Professor Tita Chico has been awarded a Research and Scholarship Award (RASA) from the Graduate School for the academic year 2019-2020.
January 3, 2019
Jason Rudy's Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies (Johns Hopkins University Press 2017) has made the Australian Book Review's "Books of the Year 2018" list.
January 3, 2019
Mal Haselberger and Justin Thompson have each been selected by the Graduate School for an Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for 2018-2019.
January 2, 2019
Faculty presenting current research include Julius Fleming, Matthew Kirschenbaum, Lee Konstantinou, Kari Kraus, Sharada Balachandran Orihuela, David Carroll Simon, and Edlie Wong.Colleagues from American Studies and Women's Studies will also discuss their research.
December 11, 2018
Martha Nell Smith has two new publications:I dwell in Possibility: Collaborative Emily Dickinson Translation Project. Coedited with Baihua Wang, Fudan University. Sichuan Literature & Art Press, 2017.Everywoman Her Own Theology: Essays On and Interviews With Alicia Suskin Ostriker. Coedited with Julie Enszer. U of Michigan P, with companion web production. Alicia Ostriker is New York State Poet 2018-2020.
December 4, 2018
Current MFA students Temim Fruchter (fiction), Max Lasky (poetry), and Hunter Parsons (poetry) have been announced as nominees for the Association of Writers & Writing Program's Intro Journals Project (2019), an annual literary competition for the discovery and publication of new work by students currently enrolled in creative writing programs around the country. 
December 4, 2018
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November 30, 2018
The Fall 2018 Bywords Newsletter is now available. Learn more about recent publications, presentations, and scholarly achievements here. 
November 26, 2018
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Resources

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

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