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MemberLeonora Souza Paula

Leonora is an Assistant Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. She specializes in twentieth and twenty first century Brazilian Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests include Latin American Literature and Culture, Afro-Brazilian Culture, Critical Geographies, Crime Fiction, Urban Art, Social Movements and Graphic Novels. Her current research focuses on the role of under-represented knowledge production in changing the exclusionary terrain of contemporary Brazilian culture. Her work has been published in Brazil and the United States.

MemberRemy Attig

Remy Attig is a PhD candidate in Spanish at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on the English translation of Spanish vernaculars published in the diaspora, more specifically the modern Judeo-Spanish texts of Matilda Koén-Sarano and the Spanglish chronicles of Susana Chávez-Silverman. In his thesis, Remy focuses on experimental translation that resists domestication of the texts through a variety of English-language literary and linguistic devices. This translation approach is informed by the intersections of language, sociolinguistics, power, resistance, and identity. He is currently preparing a book project to explore the emergence of transnational costumbrismo in the literature of several borderland populations. In addition, Remy is interested in the role of translation in empowering or disenfranchising immigrant populations in social movements.  

MemberFrantiska Zezulakova Schormova

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MemberAndy Harper

I am currently a doctoral candidate and research fellow in American Literature at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. My dissertation, Utopian Regionalism: The Speculative Radicalism of Local Color in the Long Gilded Age, argues the participation of seemingly conservative regionalist texts at the turn of the twentieth century in progressive socialist, feminist, anti-racist, and environmental movements by comparing them to contemporaneous (more recognizably radical) utopian texts. I am also an activist, educator, and personal essayist, holding an MFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and my work has appeared recently in Longridge Review, Boston Accent Lit, and IDK Magazine, among others. In pedagogy as in research and creative work, I am interested in place, community formation, and social change.

MemberTeresa Villa-Ignacio

I am Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Stonehill College. My research explores contemporary poetic and translational interventions into ethical philosophy, postcolonial liberation movements, discourses of globalization, and social justice activism. I am completing a book manuscript entitled Poethical Import: Translationships in French-American Poetic Exchange, which examines the centrality of ethics in relations of translation and collaboration among France- and U.S.-based contemporary poets. My related podcast series, Sounding Translation, features interviews with poet-translators. I have also co-edited Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford University Press, 2016) and Traduire le Maghreb/Translating the Maghreb, a special issue of Expressions Maghrébines, (15.1, Summer 2016). I have been the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Tulane University, and a Fulbright Research Scholar Grant as Visiting Scholar at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University, and have taught in the History and Literature Program at Harvard University, the Romance Studies Department at Boston University, and in the Departments of French and Italian and English at Tulane University.

MemberAlmas Khan

As an intellectual historian, I analyze how modernism in American law and literature has shaped the quest for equal citizenship. Drawing on my Ph.D. in English and my J.D. with a focus on constitutional history, I interrogate how creative forms of legal dissent – ranging from judicial opinions to lyric poems – have sparked constitutional reimagination in the context of African American, working-class, and women’s experiences. My current book project, An Intellectual Reconstruction: American Legal Realism, Literary Realism, and the Formation of Citizenship, construes legal realism (a progenitor of critical race theory) and literary realism as a major post-Civil War movements connecting disciplinary critiques to equitist politics. I have additional interests in British literary modernism and postcolonial studies, having composed articles on Joseph Conrad’s and Virginia Woolf’s texts. My literary and legal scholarship has been published in several anthologies and journals, including Critical Insights: Social Justice and American Literature; Critical Insights: Inequality; Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History; the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry; and the Chicago Journal of International Law. Recent and forthcoming articles include “Black Lives Matter and Legal Reconstructions of Elegiac Forms” and “Applied Legal Storytelling: Toward a Stylistics of Embodiment.” I have also published widely on writing studies pedagogy through the lens of critical theory, drawing on extensive experiences teaching literature, law, and composition. My pedagogical scholarship has appeared in the Washburn Law JournalPerspectives: Teaching Legal Research & WritingThe Law Teacher, and the anthology Writing as a Way of Staying Human in a Time that Isn’t. When not immersed in literature, law, history, and philosophy, I explore modernist-inflected alternative music, fashion, interior design, landscapes, gardens, and other aesthetic phenomena suiting my fancy.

MemberAlex Mueller

As a medievalist and digital pedagogy specialist, my work traces the public life of the English language within educational environments. During the Middle Ages, students and teachers worked from common books – often containing the Trojan texts of Virgil and Ovid – inscribed with Latin and vernacular marginalia that had been accumulating over time. The schoolbooks that survive from this era are so excessively overrun with glosses that it is often difficult to distinguish the texts from their commentaries. My work examines this sharing of textual space, which reflects an emphasis on collaborative and multilingual constructions of knowledge. On the World Wide Web, I characterize such democratic impulses as “open-source” movements. My research and teaching are attempts to apply the spirit of open-sourcing – the free sharing of computing source code – to the collection and dissemination of knowledge produced within the academy. The massive proliferation of social networks like Twitter and Facebook have demonstrated the power that digital compilations can wield, seemingly with little help from credentialed experts in higher education. Rather than turn to university-trained specialists for reliable information, the public is increasingly investing in the collective intelligence of the crowd, which digital databases such as Wikipedia are harnessing outside of the classroom with success never witnessed before. Yet, the same core principles of open access, free use, and collaborative generosity that inform these online projects have always been central to the work of the academy, even if they are sometimes hidden beneath the veneers of disciplinary specialization and avuncular elitism. Through my own research and teaching, I seek to peel back or make transparent these layers of exclusion to encourage a para-academic culture that interrogates and values the contributions of all parties, both inside and outside of the university.

MemberJon Stanton Woodson

My new book __Oragean Modernism: a lost literary movement, 1924-1953__ has been published as a Kindle ebook at Amazon.com. The book is now also in paper at Amazon.com. The paper edition has new features. It is indexed, and there are new illustrations.I am requesting comments on the manuscript to serve as peer reviews for an alternative method of publishing the book.The study represents a breakthrough in the understanding of Modern American literature in the 1930s and 1920s; I mention the Lost Generation in speaking of it, but it encompasses far more that that group. The following is a precis of the book:Oragean Modernism: a lost literary movement, 1924-1953.In 1920 P.D. Ouspensky electrified the cultural avant-garde from New York to Moscow with his fourth-dimensional ideas about cosmic consciousness. His book Tertium Organum was a manual for becoming a Superman. He said, “Two hundred conscious people, if they existed and if they find it necessary and legitimate, could change the whole of life on the earth. But either there are not enough of them, or they do not want to, or perhaps the time has not come, or perhaps other people are sleeping too soundly.” In 1925 the American followers of A.R. Orage rose to this challenge. Believing that they were the only force that could save the Earth from destruction, they carried out a master plan steeled by a new morality that faced head-on “the terror of the situation.” Fearlessly determined to intervene in world history, they infiltrated the American Communist party and the publishing industry. The movement included Carl Van Vechten, Djuna Barnes, Nathaniel West, John Dos Passos, Arna Bontemps, Dawn Powell, James Agee, Maxwell Perkins, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, C. Daly King, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Dorothy West and many more. In Oragean Modernism, a lost literary movement Jon Woodson reveals the coded contents of their published writings—which were many of the stellar works of 20th century American literary.Write to me directly at jon.woodson@verizon.net