cultural studies, media studies, digital humanities, science fiction, contemporary literature
Africana Studies. American Studies. Digital Humanities. Speculative Fiction. Black Popular Culture.
Humanism and Public Culture in the Arabo-Islamic Middle Ages, Orality and Literacy in Islamic Culture, Face-to-Face Performance in Literary Salons, Arab Women Poets, Gender and Court Life, Gender and Islamic Kingship, The Qur’an
Literary theory, intellectual history, status of profession; common core.
First World War prose and poetry; early twentieth-century literature, particularly British and American literary modernism; Nineteenth-century British literature; late modern and postmodern literature; literary and cultural theory, particularly theories of space, masculinity and reception.
Bonita Rhoads specializes in nineteenth-century British and American literature and culture. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2009 with a dissertation entitled, “Frontiers of Privacy: The Domestic Enterprise of Modern Fiction,” a study which explores the vital influence of domestic ideology and domestic fiction on modern literary history. Her research interests focus on the experience of modernization and on the nineteenth-century genres that shape and reflect it, including domestic fiction, Gothic literature, crime fiction, Victorian sexology and pornography. While presently revising her dissertation as a book, she has published articles in Pragensia Literaria and in the American journals, Women’s Studies, Poe Studies, Jouvert, and The Henry James Review. Her article, “Poe’s Genre Crossing: From Domesticity to Detection” won the Poe Studies Association’s 2009 Gargano Award for the best scholarly essay on Poe published in a given year. She is co-editor of a volume of collected essays on the work of Serbian filmmaker, Dušan Makavejev, Mysteries of Makavejev: Eros, Ideology, Montage, forthcoming from Litteraria Pragensia Books in February 2014. She has presented research at many international conferences; most recently, she was a panelist for the International Virginia Woolf Society as well as the Poe Studies Association at the 2011 MLA convention in Los Angeles and a panelist for the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society at the 2013 MLA convention in Boston.
Digital Humanities, British Romantic literature and culture, textual studies. I’m the Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), Chair of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), and Co-Chair of centerNet, an international network of digital humanities centers.
Most of my interests fall under the umbrella of 19th-century French literature and cultural history, most notably, 19th-c. poetics, fashion and fashionability in French culture, the concept of “francité”, representations of Jewish ragpickers, the Crimean War.