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Mara de Gennaro

Part-time Faculty
(212) 998-7350
, Room 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 specializes in 20th- and 21st-century literature and critical theory in English and French, with a focus on transnational modernism, postcolonial studies, and Black Francophone studies. She is the author of Modernism after Postcolonialism: Toward a Nonterritorial Comparative Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020), and is now at work on a translation and critical edition of Caribbean and Indian Ocean political essays on creolization, nativism, 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 several essay collections, including Futures of Comparative Literature (Routledge, 2017). 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

Comparative literature; transatlantic, Caribbean, and transnational modernisms; postcolonial literature and theory; Black Atlantic and Black Francophone literature and theory; globalization; translation

Recent News

Mara de Gennaro is the author of Modernism After Postcolonialism: Toward a Nonterritorial Comparative Literature, which was published by 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