Professor of English
Mara Scanlon, Professor of English, received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Her teaching and research interests include poetry and poetics, Modernism, women’s literature, literature of the Great War, ethics and literature, Asian American literature, and digital humanities.
Dr. Scanlon co-edited and authored the introduction for the essay collection Poetry and Dialogism: Hearing Over (2014). Other publications have appeared in venues such as The Journal of Modern Literature; College Literature; Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose; LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory; The Bucknell Review; World Literature Today; The Virginia Review of Asian Studies; Asian American Novelists; and The Writer’s Chronicle. Her professional work includes a collaborative, multi-university National Endowment for the Humanities Grant awarded for a project in the digital humanities called “Looking for Whitman: the Poetry of Place in Life and Work of Walt Whitman.”
Dr. Scanlon’s recent publications include the essay "'Afoot with my Vision': Whitmania and Tourism in the Digital Age" in the volume From Page to Place: American Literary Tourism and the Afterlives of Authors (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017) and the article "Gender Identity and Promiscuous Identification: Reading (in) on Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier," in The Journal of Modern Literature 40.3 (2017). Current research focuses in the field of modernist periodical studies and "the poetess," and on an examination of the tropes of Morse code and telegraphy in the work of the poet H.D.
Dr. Scanlon is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and winner of UMW’s 2014 Grellet C. Simpson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Mara Scanlon in the News
- Scanlon Gives Public Lecture on WWI LiteratureMara Scanlon, Professor of English, recently delivered a community lecture at the Fredericksburg branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library titled "The Great War from the Margins: WWI Literature by Women and African Americans." Focusing especially on the novel Not Only War: A Story of Two Great Conflicts by Victor... Read more »
- Scanlon Publishes Essay on Modernist Writer Rebecca WestMara Scanlon's essay "Gender Identity and Promiscuous Identification: Reading (in) Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier" was recently published in The Journal of Modern Literature. The article focuses on the frequently overlooked narrator of West's novel, set on the home front in the First World War. Scanlon interprets... Read more »
- Scanlon Publishes on Whitman and (Digital) Literary TourismMara Scanlon, Professor of English, published the essay "'Afoot with my vision': Whitmania and Tourism in the Digital Age" as a chapter in From Page to Place: American Literary Tourism and the Afterlives of Authors, eds. Jennifer Harris and Hilary Iris Lowe, U of Massachusetts Press. The chapter, drawing on... Read more »
- Scanlon Shares Paper on Great War LiteratureMara Scanlon, Professor of English, recently participated in the seminar "WW I: Reconsidering Rupture" at the 17th Annual Modernist Studies Association Conference. Her paper, "Mary Borden’s 'Moonlight': 'A Crazy Hurting Dream,'" focused on the experimental war book The Forbidden Zone, written by Mary Borden, an American civilian who ran a... Read more »