20-21st Century Anglophone Literature, Globalization, Modernism, Postcolonialism, History of Criticism and Theory, Environmental Humanities, Media Studies
19th-21st century Anglophone literatures (Victorian, modernist, Irish, British, South Asian), crowds and forms of democracy, minor literatures, environmental, queer, cultural and postcolonial theory
20th & 21st century Anglophone literature (Africa, South Asia, British, Caribbean); postcolonial studies & migrant literature; Indian Ocean studies; 20th & 21st century Lusophone literature; Mauritian Literature
I’m an Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, where I work on 20th and 21st century British and Anglophone literature and media studies, with an emphasis on the intersections of literature and radio in mid-century Britain.
Brittany Roberts earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Riverside. Her work focuses on 20th- and 21st-century Russian and Anglophone literature and cinema, particularly speculative fiction and the environmental humanities. She is currently preparing her first book, which undertakes a comparative analysis of Russian and Anglophone horror literature and cinema focusing on depictions of humans, animals, the environment, and the ecological and metaphysical dynamics that link them. Brittany has published articles and chapters in The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, The Spaces and Places of Horror, Plants in Science Fiction: Speculative Vegetation, and the forthcoming collection Fear and Nature: Ecohorror Studies in the Anthropocene. She is especially interested in how horror and other speculative fiction genres disrupt the human-nonhuman binary and in how speculative fiction reconsiders, challenges, and reconceives of our relations with other species.
Statement of Interest as Candidate for MLA’s Executive Committee LLC 20th and 21st Century English and Anglophone Literatures My interest in serving on the Executive Committee for Twentieth and Twenty-First Century English and Anglophone Literatures stems from my ongoing research within these fields and from my commitment to addressing the changing structure of the profession and its effects on knowledge production and scholarly activity. I take the current ideological and financial pressures placed on the humanities and literary studies occurring in the context of ecological and employment crises as challenges to be met on a number of fronts. I will work toward fomenting an inclusive atmosphere in the organization of sessions, panels, and other scholarly activities to encourage dialogue among all ranks of teacher-scholars across racial, gender, ethnic, sexual, and class identifications. I am interested in supporting a range of scholarship that foregrounds methodological debates about interpretative practices and ways of reading colonial, postcolonial, and neocolonial modernities; scholarship that reflects on the protocols of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary formations in era of an increasingly globalized and digitalized literary studies; and scholarship that considers how these debates, practices, and protocols are shaped by precarities emergent with the contraction of employment opportunities and resources for those working in the fields of twentieth and twenty-first century literatures. I will work to encourage the participation of graduate students, Early Career Researchers, and independent scholars in reimagining the intellectual landscape of the field and its professional practices. Finally, given the unevenly experienced effects of the climate crisis, I will support environmental humanities work that foregrounds marginalized perspectives while reconfiguring the boundaries of humanistic thought through engagement with social sciences, natural sciences, and science and technology research.
Rachel S. Harris is Associate Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture in Comparative and World Literature and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her recent publications include An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature (2014) and Warriors, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema (2017). She is the book review editor for the Journal of Jewish Identities, and Chair of the Women’s Caucus of the AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) 2018-2020.
20th/ 21st C British and Anglophone Literatures, Scottish Literatures, Vernacular writing, Postcolonial Studies, Digital Humanities, Composition and Rhetoric.
I studied International Relations and English Language and Literature (BA) before turning to American Literature and Culture (MA) and then to Theatre and the Performing Arts (PhD), with the financial support of national and international scholarships and grants. During my undergraduate and early postgraduate years I worked in diverse positions as secretary, assistant librarian, free-lance translator, editor, and English tutor. While pursuing my PhD studies on the reception of Greek tragic myth by Latinx theatre artists, I srerved in various theatre productions, as editor in academic journals and volumes, and as research assistant in my (then) home institution (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). I also taught anglophone fiction and theatre/drama (undergraduate courses) and offered workshops on critical writing, visual culture, and social theatre. After completing my PhD and a second Masters, this time in Adult Education (MEd, Hellenic Open University), I focused on my postdoctoral research on experimental applications of Digital Theatre in adult education targetting vulnerable social groups (Department of Theatre Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). Meanwhile, my parallel engangement in other theatre-related research projects gained momentum and my experience as applied theatre facilitator broadened and deepened. Since the beginning of my postgraduage studies, I have been trying to publish regularly, extensively but also purposefully on research areas of interest. My latest contribution to the knowledge basis and to theatre/drama scholarship is my monograph, titled Latinx Reception of Greek Tragic Myth: Healing (and) Radical Politics, which was published by Peter Lang the summer of 2020.
Modern Spanish Literature and Culture (18-21st centuries)