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Mara de Gennaro

New Part-time Faculty

Office Hours
Thursday 4-6:15(410)

B.A. English, Auburn University, 1995
M.A. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 1996
M.Phil. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2000
Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2004

Mara de Gennaro is a literary scholar specializing in 20th- and 21st-century transatlantic, Caribbean, and world literatures, modernism, postcolonialism, diaspora, and feminism. Her book, Modernism after Postcolonialism: Comparative Literature Beyond the Colony, is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in the Hopkins Studies in Modernism series. Her current projects include co-editing, with Joan Wallach Scott, an essay collection that brings new work in Francophone feminist theory to an Anglophone readership, and a translation and critical edition of French Caribbean political essays on migrancy and state borders in the era of globalization. Her articles have appeared in Textual Practice, Comparative Literature Studies, Paideuma, differences, The Yale Journal of Criticism, and various essay collections, including Futures of Comparative Literature (Routledge). She has held faculty teaching appointments at Columbia, Duke, and Bucknell University, and research appointments as a Visiting Fellow of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center (2016-2018) and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (2015-2016). Prior awards include an ICLS postdoctoral fellowship and an NEH summer research fellowship. .

Teaching and Research Interests

20th- and 21st-century transatlantic, Caribbean, African diasporic, and world literatures; global modernist studies; postcolonial studies; transnational and global-South feminisms; inter-imperial critical approaches to Anglophone and Francophone literary studies

Recent News

Mara de Gennaro is the author of Modernism After Postcolonialism: Toward a Nonterritorial Comparative Literature, which is forthcoming from John Hopkins University Press in 2020.

de Gennaro presented “The Beauty of a Trembling World: Glissant, Chamoiseau, and the Poetics of Vulnerability,” at the Global South Forum held by the 2020 Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington on January 10, 2020.

de Gennaro presented “When the Walls Fall: Glissant and Chamoiseau in the Heat of Politics,” and was a participant at “The Glissant Variations” seminars held by the American Comparative Literature Association, in Chicago, Illinois on March 20-22, 2020.

For the Committee on Globalization and Social Change, held at the CUNY Graduate Center on April 16, 2019, de Gennaro presented: “Anxieties of Métissage in Anglophone Fictions of Race and Animality."

Mara de Gennaro