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TopicMELUS CFP – 21st Century Perspectives on US Ethnic Literatures

MELUS Call for Papers  Special Issue: Twenty-First Century Perspectives on US Ethnic Literatures (A commemorative special issue in honor of MELUS Emeritus Editor Joseph T. Skerrett, Jr.)   Guest Editors: A Yęmisi Jimoh and Angelo Robinson Deadline for submission: 31 August 2016 Anticipated publication: 2018 With more than a decade and a half into the twenty-first century, the editors […]

MemberMaria Seger

I’m an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. My research and teaching interests include early and nineteenth-century American literature, African American literature, US ethnic literatures, and critical race and ethnic studies. As a literary and cultural studies scholar, I am broadly interested in the violence of racial capitalism in US literature and culture. My work primarily deals with how violence arises out of and impacts capitalist social relations and ideological production, especially as it relates to notions of selfhood, ownership, and state power across the long nineteenth century. Right now, I’m at work on my book project, At All Costs: Extralegal Violence and Liberal Democracy in American Culture, which examines extralegal violence not as a lawless force that threatened American liberal-democratic governance but instead as emerging from and further entrenching the conditions that governance set.

MemberMary Knighton

My research can be broadly divided into two areas: (1) 19th-20th century American and English literature, and (2) Modern and contemporary Japanese language, literature, and culture. Studies in global modernism and transnational exchanges bring these two fields together. Related research interests include feminist, postcolonial, and critical theory; the multi-ethnic literatures of the US, particularly African-American literature; the American South; Gothic literature; visual texts, arts, and culture.