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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June 30, 2020
UMD English's courses prepare students to become ready for the world, resilient in times of change and trained in the most relevant skills needed for a rewarding and meaningful career. Explore Fall 2020 course themes to learn about race, power, storytelling, and more. 
June 15, 2020
To prioritize the health and safety of our community, the University of Maryland plans for a fall semester of hybrid in-person and remote instruction.New Fall 2020 Update from the Office of the President
June 15, 2020
Dhruva Someshwar, a senior in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, has been chosen as a 2020-21 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar. Mark Forrester was listed as the faculty mentor who had the greatest impact on Dhruva’s academic achievement.
June 6, 2020
In a recent interview with PEN America, Mark Doty, author of What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), expressed his admiration for the Emily Dickinson scholarship of Martha Nell Smith. Doty praised the "marvelous recent film Wild Nights with Emily, based in part on the brilliant work of my friend Martha Nell Smith, a crucial Dickinson scholar." Read the full interview here.
June 5, 2020
This Spring, lecturer Alexandra Calloway successfully adapted an innovative classroom project for her Technical Writing class funded by a grant from the Writing Program in order to meet the demands of new circumstances imposed by the COVID pandemic. 
June 5, 2020
Alysia's Sawchyn debut essay collection, A Fish Growing Lungs, will be published by Burrow Press on June 9. More information about the book is available here.
June 5, 2020
As Editor-in-Chief of Words Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip Hop Culture, Dennis L. Winston oversaw the publication of two issues of the journal this year: "Spaces and Places" (v7, i1): https://wblinc.org/publications/2016/3/23/blog-post-sample-4lehf-y8m9a and the special issue, "Street Lit" (v7, i2): https://wblinc.org/publications/2016/3/23/blog-post-sample-4lehf
June 5, 2020
Jess Enoch edited a "Cluster Conversation" in the journal Peitho that is dedicated to the centennial memorializations dedicated to the passing of the 19th Amendment--women's right to vote. The title of the conversation is "The Suffrage Centennial: How, Why, and on What Terms Should We Mark this Moment?" UMD PhD student Katie Bramlett contributed an essay to the conversation "Stories of Filipinia Suffrage: Remembering Marginal Histories in Colonial Contexts." https://cfshrc.org/peitho-journal/
June 5, 2020
This spring, Liam Thomas Daley presented material at seminars hosted by the Shakespeare Association of American and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
June 5, 2020
In May of this year, Liam Thomas Daley helped to co-organize a series of online readings of Renaissance history plays for Brave Spirits Theatre Company, directing one of the plays and providing the dramaturgy for two more.

Resources

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

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