Martha Nell Smith

Professor

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, ADVANCE Fellow; Chair, University Senate (2012-2013)

Contact:
3238 Tawes Hall
301-405-8878
mnsmith@umd.edu

Office Hours:
By appointment. I am on sabbatical Fall 2013, and often away doing research. Please contact me at mnsmith@umd.edu.

Biography

Martha Nell Smith is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH <http://www.mith.umd.edu>) at the University of Maryland.  Her numerous print publications include five singly and coauthored books, three of them award-winning—Emily Dickinson, A User’s Guide (2014); Companion to Emily Dickinson (Jan 2008); Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson (1998); Comic Power in Emily Dickinson (1993); Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson (1992)—and scores of articles and essays in journals and collections such as American Literature, Studies in the Literary Imagination, South Atlantic Quarterly, Women’s Studies Quarterly,Profils Americains, San Jose Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, ESQ, and A Companion to Digital Humanities. The recipient of numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Mellon Foundation, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for her work on Dickinson, American literary history, and in new media, Smith is also Coordinator and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia <http://emilydickinson.org>. Smith co-edited Emily Dickinson’s Correspondence: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry (Dec 2008) published by Rotunda New Digital Scholarship, University of Virginia Press, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Emily Dickinson Archive <http://edickinson.org> produced by the Houghton Library and Harvard University Press.  She has worked on two interrelated Mellon-sponsored data mining and visualization initiatives, NORA and MONK (Metadata Offer New Knowledge) <http://www.monkproject.org/>.  A founding board member of the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS), which she now serves as President (2013- ), Smith also serves on the editorial board and steering committee of NINES (Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship; <http://www.nines.org/>), serves in an advisory capacity for C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and is on numerous advisory boards of digital literary projects such as The Poetess Archive, Digital Dickens, and the Melville Electronic Library (MEL).  A leader in innovations in academic publishing, Smith served on the Executive Council of the Association for Computers in the Humanities (2001-2004), co-chaired the Modern Language Association (MLA)’s Committee on Scholarly Editions (CSE, 2004-2008), and chaired  the University of Maryland’s Library Council (2008-2011). At present she serves on the University's Athletic Council (2013-3016), and in spring 2013 served  on the President's Commission on UM and Big Ten/CIC Integration.

For outstanding scholarly achievement and innovative leadership in which diversity inheres in any definition of excellence, Livingston College at Rutgers University awarded Smith its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009, the highest honor that the college bestows upon its former students.  In 2010, Smith was named a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, and in 2011 she was appointed ADVANCE Professor in the College of Arts and Humanities as part of a NSF-funded project to cultivate inclusive excellence and in 2012 became an ADVANCE Fellow.  From May 2011-May 2013, Smith served as Chair-Elect and then Chair  of the University of Maryland Senate. 

Education

Ph.D., Rutgers, 1985

M.A., Rutgers, 1982

B.A., Livingston College, Rutgers University, 1977 - Most Outstanding Student

Area Groups

American; Film Studies and Cultural Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Literary Theory; Modernist; Poetics; Postmodern and Contemporary ; Textual and Digital Studies; Transatlantic Studies; Women's Literature and Feminist Theory

Recent Publications

 "Editorial History (of Dickinson) I: Beginnings to 1855," Emily Dickinson in Context, ed. Eliza Richards (Cambridge University Press 2013), 271-281.

"A New Daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson?" Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin 24.2 (November/December 2012), 1, 4-5.

 "The Dickinson Electronic Archives 2: http://emilydickinson.org," with Marta Werner. Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin 24.1 (May/June 2012), 8-9.

"The Humanities Are Not a Luxury: A Manifesto for the 21st Century," Liberal Education 97.1 (Winter 2011).

"'Salvate la soldatessa Emily': prima di affidarsi a una User's Guide" (trans. Elisa Biagini), Emily Dickinson: "Ho sentito la vita con entrambe le mani," a cura di Domenico De Martino e Elisa Biagini (Milano: Biblion edizioni, 2010), 14-19.

“A Hazard of a Letter’s Fortunes: Epistolarity and the Technology of Audience in Emily Dickinson’s Correspondences,” in Reading Emily Dickinson’s Letters: Critical Essays, ed. Jane Donahue Eberwein and Cindy MacKenzie (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009), 239-256.

“Enabling Undergraduates to Understand Advanced Humanities Research: Teaching with the Dickinson Electronic Archives,” in Teaching Language and Literature Online, ed. Ian Lancashire (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009), 278-289.

“Enabling Intellectual Collaboration: The Use of Wikis and Blogs,” (750 words), in Teaching Language and Literature Online, ed. Ian Lancashire (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009), 428-430.

"Public, Private Spheres: What Reading Emily Dickinson’s Mail Taught me about Civil Wars.” Companion to Emily Dickinson, ed. Martha Nell Smith and Mary Loeffelholz (Oxford, Malden, MA, and Carlton, Victoria, Australia: Blackwell Publishing, 2008), 58-78.

“Elements of Blank, Formal Feelings, and An Autobiography of Chronic Pain” (3000 words), in ‘Wider Than the Sky’: Essays and Meditations on the Healing Power of Emily Dickinson, ed. Cynthia MacKenzie and Barbara Dana (Kent State University Press, 2007), 115-121.

“’That Never Told CAN Be’: May Swenson’s Manuscript Witnesses” (5500 words), in Body My House: May Swenson’s Work and Life, ed. Paul Crumbley and Patricia M. Gantt (Utah State University Press, 2006), 107-120.

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Honors and Awards

Advisory Board, Emily Dickinson Archive (scheduled for release 21 October 2013), Harvard University Press/Houghton Library.  Appointed 2012.

ADVANCE Professor, College of Arts and Humanities, NSF-funded interdisciplinary Program for Inclusive excellence (http://advance.umd.edu).  2011-2012. ADVANCE Fellow, 2012 to the present.

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland.  Awarded 2010.

Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Award, Rutgers University and Livingston Alumni Association.  May 16, 2009.    (Video Biography:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e6wD4IgweA)

Service

Athletic Council, University of Maryland, 2013-2014

Council of University Senate Faculty (CUSF), 2013-2014

President's Commission on UMD and Big Ten/CIC Integration, Spring 2013

  • Workgroup on Education, Research, and Innovation, Commission on UMD and Big Ten/CIC Integration, Spring 2013

Chair-Elect & Chair, University Senate, 2011-2013

Chair, University Library Council (ULC), 2008-2011

Fall 2014

ENGL388D Writing Internship: Dickinson Electronic Archives
ENGL435 American Poetry: Beginning to the Present
ENGL602 Critical Theory and Literary Criticism

Spring 2014

ENGL359C Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Literatures: Queer Comedy
ENGL379K Special Topics in Literature: Sexual Poetics
ENGL388D Writing Internship: Dickinson Electronic Archives

Fall 2013

ENGL388D Writing Internship: Dickinson Electronic Archives

Spring 2013

ENGL359C Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Literatures: Queer Comedy
ENGL388D Writing Internship: Dickinson Electronic Archives

Fall 2012

ENGL388D Writing Internship: Dickinson Electronic Archives
ENGL601 Literary Research and Critical Contexts

Spring 2012

ENGL388D Writing Internship: Dickinson Electronic Archives

Fall 2011

ENGL250 Introduction to Literature by Women
ENGL388D Writing Internship: Dickinson Electronic Archives
ENGL435 American Poetry: American Sexual Poetics Revisited

Spring 2011

ENGL348N Women and Comedy, a Very Serious Thing
ENGL388D Writing Internship: Dickinson Electronic Archives
ENGL631 AUTOBIOGRAPHICS, AVATARS, ALIASES, ARCHIVES, AESTHETICS, ETHICS, ANONYMOUS: Queer Rereading Practices and Theories of Life Writing in the Facebook Era

Fall 2010

ENGL250 Introduction to Literature by Women
ENGL359E Queer Poetics, Autobiographics in the Age of Facebook (or Gay is Very American)

Spring 2010

ENGL250 Introduction to Literature by Women
ENGL313 American Literature
ENGL388D Dickinson Electronic Archives Digital Humanities Internship