Taylor Hagood President
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Taylor Hagood has dedicated the majority of his career to the study of William Faulkner. A native of Ripley, Mississippi, the ancestral home of the Fa(u)lkners, Hagood became interested in the Nobel Prize-winning author as a child when he saw a production of his own father's play about the novelist's great-grandfather Colonel William Falkner, Ripley Rebel. Encouraged by family and guided by excellent undergraduate and graduate mentors, he wrote an award-winning MA thesis on Faulkner at Ohio University and was accepted into the PhD program at the University of Mississippi to study Faulkner and southern literature and culture under the preeminent scholars there, including Donald M. Kartiganer, Kathryn McKee, Annette Trefzer, Joseph R. Urgo, Jay Watson, and Charles Reagan Wilson. While at Ole Miss, Hagood held the inaugural Frances Bell McCool Fellowship in Faulkner Studies and completed his dissertation in the spring of 2005, at which point he was hired as assistant professor of American literature at Florida Atlantic University.
Since his time at FAU, Hagood has been extremely active in Faulkner studies. His first book, Faulkner's Imperialism: Space, Place, and the Materiality of Myth (2008), has become a widely-cited volume in Faulkner scholarship and is being released in paperback this fall. In 2014, he edited Critical Insights: The Sound and the Fury, which collects a range of essays that advance scholarship on Faulkner's classic modernist novel. That same year saw the publication of his most celebrated book, Faulkner, Writer of Disability, which won the prestigious C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies. His most recent book on Faulkner is Following Faulkner: The Critical Response to Yoknapatawpha's Architect (2017), which offers a road-map for general readers, students, and scholars who want to understand the ways Faulkner has been written about and contextualized over the past fifty-plus years. While producing these books, Hagood has published articles on Faulkner in such major journals as European Journal of American Culture, Faulkner Journal, and Southern Literary Journal and in books such as Faulkner and Formalism and Faulkner and Whiteness.
Along with this scholarly work, Hagood has played an active role in various projects and in the Faulkner scholarly community. He was heavily involved in the early stages of development of the NEH-funded Digital Yoknapatawpha project. And he was Representative-at-Large in the William Faulkner Society from 2009-2012 and Vice President from 2015-2018 before assuming the office of President this year. Also, starting in 2018, he has written the annual essay reviewing each year's output of Faulkner scholarship in American Literary Scholarship, published by Duke University Press.
For more about Taylor, see his website.
Sarah Gleeson-White Vice President
Sarah Gleeson-White is Associate Professor in American Literature in the Department of English, University of Sydney. She is the author of William Faulkner at Twentieth Century-Fox: The Annotated Screenplays (OUP 2017) in addition to articles and book chapters on Faulkner, literature-and-film, and southern literature. Her current book project explores the interactions of print and motion-picture cultures of the silent-film era.
For more about Sarah, see her website.
Jenna Grace Sciuto Treasurer
Jenna Grace Sciuto is Assistant Professor of English and Communuication at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she specializes in Global Anglophone, African American, and American Southern Literatures. Her work has appeared in ARIEL, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, and Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas (the University Press of Mississippi). Jenna's current book project, under contract with the University Press of Mississippi, examines literary representations of sexual policing of the color line across spaces with distinct colonial histories: Mississippi, Louisiana, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
For more about Jenna, see her website.
Rebecca Nisetich Secretary
Rebecca Nisetich is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Honors Program at the University of Southern Maine. Her scholarship is based in Race and Ethnic Studies, and her published work concerns representations of identity in American literature and culture. Her articles have appeared in African American Review, Studies in American Naturalism, and a collection of essays on Kate Chopin. A forthcoming essay in the Faulkner Journal considers intersectional identity formation and the protective cover of whiteness in Faulkner's Light in August. Her book project explores representations of racial indeterminacy and interpellations of legal discourse in 20th century American literature.
For more about Rebecca, see her website.
Catherine Gunthar Kodat Representative-at-Large
Catherine Gunther Kodat is Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lawrence University, where she also holds a tenured appointment as Professor of English. She arrived at Lawrence in 2017 after two years as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. From 2012 to 2015 she was Dean of the Division of Liberal Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she also served as Acting Provost.
A scholar of 20th century U.S. literature and culture with a particular interest in the work of William Faulkner, Kodat was for 17 years a member of the Department of Literature and Creative Writing at Hamilton College. While at Hamilton she served as chair of the department and director of the American Studies Program.
Her essays on Faulkner, film, music, and dance have appeared in publications such as American Literary History, Representations, and American Quarterly, and in several edited collections, including Faulkner in the Media Ecology (LUS Press, 2015), William Faulkner in Context (Cambridge, 2015), Faulkner's Sexualities: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 2007 (U Press of Mississippi, 2010), and A Companion to William Faulkner (Blackwell, 2007). Her book Don't Act, Just Dance: The Metapolitics of Cold War Culture, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2015.
Julie Beth Napolin Representative-at-Large
Julie Beth Napolin is a scholar, musician, and radio producer (KALW's "Philosophy Talk"). She is former Associate Director of The Digital Yoknapatawpha Project, a trustee of the Joseph Conrad Society of America, and an officer-at-large of the William Faulkner Society. She is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania.
Her work participates in the fields of auditory cultural studies, transatlantic modernism, 20th-century American literature and culture, critical theory, and narrative. She is particularly interested in the history of sound reproduction and its intersections with narrative, and what practices of listening can tell us about the novel as form.
Her book manuscript, titled The Fact of Resonance, is a study of the sound effects of modernist narrative organized around auditory phenomena ("audibility," "echo," "sinister resonance," and "reverberation"). The racially and sexually fraught narrative spaces of Conrad and Faulkner instantiate what the book calls "narrative acoustics." Working with aural phenomenology as both theme and method, the book theorizes sounds and listening in the work of Conrad and Faulkner in relation to James, Du Bois, Benjamin, Fanon, Fitzgerald, Ellison, and Chantal Akerman. If modernism destabilizes what can be known, then how do modernism's unstable epistemologies "sound?" The power of modernist narrative acoustics is to create indeterminate spaces where "facts"-of event, location, and identity-disperse and multiply. The book rethinks the central categories of narrative theory through sound phenomenology.
Recent essays include "Elliptical Sound: Audibility and the Space of Reading" in Sounding Modernism, eds. Julian Murphet, Penelope Hone, and Helen Groth (University of Edinburgh Press, 2017).
For more about Julie, see her website.