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 articles have been published in 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.” In an interview that aired on the "With Good Reason" public radio program, Dr. Scanlon and Dr. Brady Earnhart discussed how poet Walt Whitman helped heal wounded Civil War soldiers in Fredericksburg in the same way he hoped his poetry could heal the war-torn nation.
Dr. Scanlon’s recent projects include an essay on Walt Whitman and literary tourism in the digital age, forthcoming in the volume Homes and Haunts: American Literary Tourism from the University of Massachusetts Press, and an article on Rebecca West’s World War I novel The Return of the Soldier, forthcoming in The Journal of Modern Literature. 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
- Book corner: Find out more on Great War, writing and more at library (The Free Lance-Star)[...] The post Book corner: Find out more on Great War, writing and more at library (The Free Lance-Star) appeared first on EagleEye.... 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 »
- Scanlon Presents on Women Modernist PoetsMara Scanlon, professor of English, presented a paper entitled "Charlotte Mew, H.D., and the Magdalen: 'what she did everyone knows'" at the H.D. and Feminist Poetics Conference in Bethlehem, PA, H.D.'s birthplace. The paper examined the Magdalen figures in two poems, not only analyzing the representations of their sexual bodies and... Read more »