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MemberLucia Martinez

I work primarily in early modern English poetry and non-dramatic prose, with a focus on Reformation politics and poetics; my Master’s thesis is on Donne’s first Satyre as prosopopoeia. My dissertation is titled _Making a Solemn Note: The Music and Meter of English Reformation Psalms_.Current (and ongoing) interests include the lyric poetry of Sidney and Donne, music in Milton, family dynamics in Shakespeare, Spenser’s shorter works and letters, and the science of cognitive poetics. My spare time is occupied by my beagle, Boswell, culinary debacles, penning a DIY column for thehairpin.com, and my violin.BM, Violin Performance, Florida State University (2005); MA, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia (2007); PhD, English Literature, University of Pennsylvania (2014).

MemberLaura Sanders

In addition to teaching as an adjunct for community colleges in Oregon and California, I currently serve as teaching learning center coordinator, online English faculty mentor, and community-based learning coordinator. I have taught composition and rhetoric at private research institutions, small liberal arts colleges, state universities, and community colleges. In recent years, I have served as co-editor of an accreditation self-study, interim grants officer, and academic department assessment coach. Combining my passions for professional development and social justice, I continue to seek the sweet spot between digital humanities and online community-based learning.

MemberSamuel Cohen

Samuel Cohen is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri, where he teaches courses in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. He is the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s and co-editor of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace and The Clash Takes on the World: Transnational Perspectives on The Only Band that Matters. He is Series Editor of The New American Canon: The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture. He is also author of 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology and Literature: The Human Experience and is writing a book on the history of the American university press. He is 2019-2020 chair of the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities and is the 20th- and 21st-Century American Language, Literature, and Culture Forum Representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly.

MemberCillian O'Hogan

I am an Assistant Professor of Medieval Latin at the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto. My main focus is on late antique and early medieval Latin literature, and on the history of the book between c. 300 and 800 CE. Previously, I was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at UBC, a post-doc in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo, and a curator in the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the British Library. I received my Ph.D in Classics from the University of Toronto, where I wrote a dissertation entitled “Geography and space in the poetry of Prudentius”. Before that, I studied for my undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin.

MemberJesse A. Goldberg

Dr. Jesse A. Goldberg completed his PhD in African American literature at Cornell University in 2018, where he taught classes for the Department of English and the Program in American Studies as well as the Cornell Prison Education Program, before joining the faculty at Longwood University from 2018 to 2020. A lifelong teacher, Dr. Goldberg has thus taught in a private research university, at a public liberal arts college, and inside medium- and maximum-security state prisons.   As a Visiting Research Fellow at Auburn, Dr. Goldberg is currently working on a book project titled Abolition Time: Reading Queer Justice in Slavery’s Afterlife. Coming out of his dissertation work, the project uses the 1781 Zong Massacre as a grounding motif to examine literary and performative texts of the Black Atlantic that engage questions of law, justice, and time. Abolition Time argues that in addition to registering the memory of slavery as exceeding attempts at historical repression, a number of Black Atlantic texts formulate theories of justice which put pressure on the law’s excessive violence through meditating on all that exceeds the law’s reach, resulting in literary and performative articulations of an “excessive present” wherein the past and future fold into a single “now” that unfolds into an ethical imperative for abolitionist politics. Abolition time, then, signals the urgency of a political demand which exceeds historical periodization. The project grounds the concept of abolition time in the methodology of close reading to offer an extended meditation on the question, “What does an abolitionist reading look like, and what might it do?” By doing so, the book will offer a model for abolitionist reading practices as a contribution both to the discipline of literary studies and the interdisciplinary project of black studies and critical prison studies more broadly.   Dr. Goldberg’s scholarly writing appears or is forthcoming in the journals Women & PerformancePublic CultureCallalooMELUS, and CLA Journal, as well as the edited volumes Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American PrintTeaching Literature and Writing in PrisonsThe Routledge Guide to Alternative Futurisms, and Toni Morrison on Mothers and Motherhood. He has also contributed public, online review essays to ASAP/J and The Rambler Review and shorter essays to The Platform and The Feminist Wire. His ASAP/J review essay, alongside his recent experience teaching courses on Afrofuturism, point towards the next direction of his research. Dr. Goldberg seeks to join a number of contemporary thinkers to bring abolitionist literary studies into the generative convergences of black studies and the environmental humanities at key questions of the Human, climate catastrophe as it indexes afterlives of slavery and colonization, and modes of relation on a rapidly warming planet. This new research program takes more formal shape in an essay on N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy that is currently under review, and which he hopes may be a seed for a second book project.   In addition to working on his own book project and a number of essays, Dr. Goldberg is currently co-editing a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies on the intersections of and gaps between prison abolition and queer liberation in both theory and practice. The issue is slated for publication in March 2022.

MemberFelipe Valencia

My research and teaching focus on the literature and intellectual history of early modern Spain, with an emphasis on poetry, theory of the lyric, melancholy, and sexual violence, and a secondary interest in colonial Latin America. My work also draws from cultural studies and critical theory. I am interested in the specifically early modern ways in which the women and men of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Hispanic world thought of literature—in the way they forged poetics with materials and interdisciplinary sensitivities distinct from our own. My published work has dealt with sixteenth-century Spanish lyric and epic poetry, sixteenth-century political tragedy, pastoral, the early works of Miguel de Cervantes, and the poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.   My forthcoming first book, The Melancholy Void: Lyric and Masculinity in the Age of Góngora (University of Nebraska Press, 2021) contends that at the turn of the seventeenth century, partly as a response to the rising prestige and commercial success of epic, partly enabled by the idea of melancholy—which had gained great importance throughout Europe during the sixteenth century when it came to think about the physical, ethical, social, and political stakes of creativity—several Spanish poets conceived lyric as a melancholy and masculinist discourse that sings of and perpetrates symbolic violence against the female beloved. The Melancholy Void examines the centrality of gender violence and anxieties about feminization in connection with lyric utterance in influential texts such as La Araucana (1569-1590) by Alonso de Ercilla, Algunas obras (1582) by Fernando de Herrera, and the Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea (1612) and the Soledades (1613-1614) by Luis de Góngora, but also in a lesser-known collection of lyric such as Versos (1612) by Juan de Arguijo, and the pastoral romance La Galatea (1585), the first printed work by Miguel de Cervantes. Through the study of these texts, which offer a wide sampling of styles, themes, and traditions, The Melancholy Void addresses four problems in the scholarship of early modern Spanish poetry: what was the response to and contribution from Spanish poetry to the fledgling theory of the lyric in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Europe, and what consequences did this turn to theory have for Spanish lyric? How did the rise of Spanish epic at that time affect Spanish lyric? What was the impact on Spanish poetry of the heightened interest in melancholy across Europe at the turn of the seventeenth century, so evident in works from other genres, for instance Don Quijote and El médico de su honra? And last, but not least, what was the role of gender violence and the construction of masculinity in key texts of the Spanish poetic tradition, especially in love poetry? Born in Colombia of Colombian parents, I also grew up in Spain and the United States. I am a citizen of all three countries and an immigrant above all.