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Research in the arts and humanities represents a range of disciplines and distinctive modes of knowledge and methods that result in articles and books, ideas, exhibitions, performances, artifacts and more. This deliberate and dedicated work generates deep insights into the multi-faceted people and cultures of the world, past and present.
Whether individual or collaborative, funded or unfunded, our faculty are leading national networks and conferences, providing research frameworks, engaging students, traversing international archives and making significant contributions to UMD's research enterprise.

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“Medieval Posthumanism"

As the era preceding the articulation of what has come to be known as humanism, the European Middle Ages offer a variety of vantage points from which to trouble present certainties.

English

Author/Lead: Alan Montroso
Dates:
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Palgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism, ed. Stefan Herbrechter et al., forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan in 2021.

The medieval period does not prefigure posthumanism as much as it reveals, according to the editors of the inaugural issue of the journal postmedieval, the many “ways in which bodies (human and non-human) and the world have always been emerging together out of various dynamic material processes and fields of interpretation”.

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Weak President: Woodrow Wilson and the Resistance of Modern Multiethnic U.S. and Global Literature

Explore modern U.S. and world literatures in relation to conflicts of race, gender, democracy, and constitutional and international law issuing from the Wilson administration.

English

Author/Lead: Peter Mallios
Dates:

Book coming soon.

"Vanishing Acts: Civil Rights Reform and Dramatic Inversion in Douglas T. Ward's Day of Absence"

Laws are passed in a crisis mood after a Birmingham or Selma, but no substantial fervor survives the formal signing of legislation.

English

Author/Lead: GerShun Avilez
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s assessment of the incomplete nature of civil rights, even in the midst of historic legislative change, resonates with experiments in African American literary and performance culture of the 1960s.

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Dressed, But Not Tryin To Impress: Black Women Deconstructing "Professional" Dress

Early career scholars spend a significant portion of their doctoral study and junior careers thinking critically and deeply about how to synthesize the various aspects of academic work.

English

Author/Lead: Cecilia Shelton
Dates:
Publisher: The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics

Three scholars entering new phases of their careers reflect on dress practices as a critically symbolic metaphor for the challenges of thriving as Black women in academia.

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Phi Beta Kappa’s Christian Gauss Award Shortlist

Catastrophizing: Materialism and the Making of Disaster

English

Author/Lead: Gerard Passannante
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Shortlist of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Middle Distance: Poems

A probing and commanding final volume from a master poet facing his own mortality.

English

Author/Lead: Stanley Plumly
Dates:
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
After a diagnosis of cancer, acclaimed poet Stanley Plumly found himself in the middle distance―looking back at his childhood and a rich lifetime of family and friends, while gazing into a future shaped by the press of mortality. In Middle Distance, his final collection, he pushes onward into new territory with extended hybrid forms and revelatory prose pieces. The result is the moving culmination of a long career, a work of fearless, transcendent poems that face down the impending eternal voyage.

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All Death

This first-of-its-kind anthology brings together the best of contemporary queer poetry from South Asia, both from the subcontinent and its many diasporas.

English

Author/Lead: Aqdas Aftab
Dates:
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India

The anthology features well-known voices like Hoshang Merchant, Ruth Vanita, Suniti Namjoshi, Kazim Ali, Rajiv Mohabir as well as a host of new poets. The themes range from desire and loneliness, sexual intimacy and struggles, caste and language, activism both on the streets and in the homes, the role of family both given and chosen, and heartbreaks and heartjoins. Writing from Bangalore, Baroda, Benares, Boston, Chennai, Colombo, Dhaka, Delhi, Dublin, Karachi, Kathmandu, Lahore, London, New York City, and writing in languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Urdu, Manipuri, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and, of course, English, the result is an urgent, imaginative and beautiful testament to the diversity, politics, aesthetics and ethics of queer life in South Asia today.

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Editorial Advisory Committee

Reports on articles submitted for publication in PMLA

English

Author/Lead: Peter Mallios
Dates: -

Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy.

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Visiting Professor and Tutor

Goucher Prison Education Partnership

English

Author/Lead: Peter Mallios
Dates:

Peter Mallios is serving as Visiting Professor and Tutor for the Goucher Prison Education Partnership.

The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), a division of Goucher College, provides men and women incarcerated in Maryland with the opportunity to pursue an excellent college education. In courses at the two prisons, students are held to the rigorous academic standards for which Goucher is known.  Courses are taught on site by Goucher College faculty as well as by outstanding professors from nearby colleges and universities.

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“Scenes of Vulnerability: Desire, Historical Secrecy, and Black Queer Experience in Tarell McCraney’s Marcus”

From The Expressive Art of Tarell McCraney. Ed. David Román, Sharrell Luckett, and Isaiah Wooden.

English

Author/Lead: GerShun Avilez
Dates:
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Forthcoming June 2020