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

Author,Berlin Notebook: Where are the Refugees?
Los Angeles Review of Books ,2017
Author,Skeleton Coast
Flood Editions,2017
,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,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
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
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
,Malcolm Lowry: A Preface to His Fiction
University of Chicago Press,1979
,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

October 18, 2017
Melanie Faith Receives a MVP Award, Again!  For the second season in a row, Melanie Faith is receiving the University's Most Valuable Professor Award (MVP). Melanie was nominated for an MVP by a student-member of UMD's 2017 Men's Soccer team; she will be honored for this award at their soccer game on October 24, 2017.  
October 17, 2017
James Mattson’s novel, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, due out on Dec. 1, was reviewed by Booklist, which said, “Mattson’s first novel is an excellent, character-driven work of literary fiction that will continue to resonate with the reader long after the final page.” 
October 17, 2017
Joan Mooney’s article, The No. 1 Way You Might Prevent Dementia: A Recent Study Found Nine Lifestyle Changes that Could Protect Your Brain, was published in NextAvenue.org (Sep. 25, 2017). 
October 17, 2017
Kelly Cresap just published his book A Love-Hate Guide to “Breaking Bad. Details and initial readers’ reviews are available at Amazon.com.
October 17, 2017
Rebecca Holden’s essay “‘Let’s Dwell a Little’: The Trickster within Octavia E. Butler” was published in Lumines-cent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, ed. by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal. A collection of letters and essays on Butler in celebration of what would have been her 70th birthday.
October 17, 2017
Robin Earnest served on MD State Delegate Alonzo Washington’s College Scholarship Review Committee. The Committee awarded $40,000 (collectively) to aspiring college students. Robin was also appointed Chair of BFSA’s Committee for the Advancement of Faculty of Color. 
October 10, 2017
Ph.D. Candidate Danielle Griffin presented at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Dayton, OH on Oct. 7, 2017. The title of the talk was "'Considering the greatness of our number': The Collective Authorship of Women Servants in Seventeenth Century English Petitions
October 10, 2017
In August 2017 PhD Candidate Konstantinos Pozoukidis was granted the 2017-2018  Ahepa National-P.A. Margaronis Scholarship from the Ahepa Educational Foundation.
October 10, 2017
Maud Casey's story, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," appeared in The American Scholar and her story, "Two Inclinations," is forthcoming in Conjunctions. Her essay, "To Be Undone," appeared in a recent issue of New England Review. The essay is an excerpt from her book The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions, to be published by Graywolf Press in January 2018. 
October 10, 2017
MFA Candidate in Fiction Emily Myrick won Fugue Journal's 2017 Writing Contest with her story "Some Whales Have Hearts the Size of Volkswagen Beetles", selected by Edan Lepucki. Her essay "Even Silence" was published in the fall issue of Muse/A Journal. 

Resources

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

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