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Mollie Godfrey  

Office: Keezell 222
Phone: 540-568-3755
Email: godfrema@jmu.edu
Office Hours: MWF 12:00-1pm

Courses: Spring 2016
Eng 260: Survey of African American Literature (with Courtney Swartzentruber)
Eng 302: Special Topics in Literature and Language
Eng 362: African American Poetry

African American Literature, American Literature, Race and Ethnicity Studies,Gender and
          Sexuality Studies, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Material Culture

Ph.D., English , University of Chicago, 2010
B.A., English, Reed College, 2001

Selected Awards:
Center for Instructional Technology Seed Grant, 2015
Center for Faculty Innovation Engaged Teacher-Scholar Leader, 2015-2016
Innovative Diversity Effort Award Program Grant, 2015-2016
Center for Instructional Technology Seed Grant, 2014
Maine Humanities Council Community Outreach Grant, 2012
Harward Center Faculty Award for Outstanding New Community Partnership Initiative,
          Bates College, 2012
Harward Center Grant for Publicly Engaged Academic Projects, Bates College, 2010–
          2011, 2011–2012
Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Teaching Fellowship, University of
          Chicago, 2009–2010
Blair Dissertation-Year Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2007–2008
Norman Maclean Teaching Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2006–2007
Century Scholarship, University of Chicago, 2003–2007

Selected Publications:
“Of One Blood: Humanism, Race, and Gender in Post-Reconstruction Law and
          Literature,” CLA Journal (forthcoming 2016).

Review essay on Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism by Amber Jamilla
          Musser (New York UP, 2014), ALH Online Review Series V (forthcoming January           2016).

“Making African American History in the Classroom: The Pedagogy of Processing
          Under-Valued Archives,” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature,
          Language, Composition, and Culture
 15.3 (forthcoming 2016).

“‘White-Life’ Literature Reconsidered,” review essay on Abandoning the Black Hero:
          Sympathy and Privacy in the Postwar African American White-Life Novel by John C.           Charles (Rutgers UP, 2012), Twentieth-Century Literature 60.3 (Fall 2014): 397-404.

"Rewriting White, Rewriting Black: Authentic Humanity and Authentic Blackness in Nella           Larsen's 'Sanctuary,'" MELUS 38.4 (Winter 2013): 122–145.

"'They ain't human': John Steinbeck, Proletarian Fiction, and the Racial Politics of 'The
          People,'" MFS Modern Fiction Studies 59.1 (Spring 2013): 107-34.

Current Research:
The Neo-Passing Narrative (book project under review)

“Passing for Post-Racial: Erasure and The Human Stain” (article project)

Black Humanisms: Race and Recognition in Segregation-Era Fiction (book project)

Invited Talks:
“Zora Neale Hurston: The Inspiration Behind Moses(es),” invited roundtable panelist,
          International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,           Yale University, New Haven, CT, June 2014.

“Teaching Twain: Race, Science, and Law in Pudd’nhead Wilson,” invited talk for
          Bates College Alumni event at the Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut, April           2013.

“Making African American History: Preserving the Archives of the Portland NAACP,” invited           talk for the Portland NAACP Executive Committee, Portland, Maine, May 2012.

“Students Make History: Preserving the Archives of the Portland NAACP,” invited talk at the           Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Bates College, March 2012.

“Steinbeck’s Propaganda for the People,” invited presentation for the Reproduction of
          Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and           Culture, University of Chicago, November 2009.

“Hurston, McKay and the Humanizing of the ‘Folk,’” invited presentation for the American           Cultures Workshop, University of Chicago, February 2007.

Selected Conference Presentations:
“Making African American History in the Classroom,” MELUS Conference, Athens, Georgia,           April 2015.

“Black Optimism and Afro-Pessimism: The Politics of Pleasure and Pain in the
          African American Canon” chair and panelist, MLA Convention, Vancouver, January           2015.

 “Making African American History in the Classroom,” African American Expression in Print           and Digital Culture conference, Madison on September 2014.

"Sheep, Rats, and Jungle Beasts: Native Son beyond Left and Liberal,” American
          Literature Association, Washington DC, May 2014.

“Race in Neoliberalism’s Televisual Imagination” roundtable panelist, MLA Convention,           Chicago, Illinois, January 2014.

“Passing for Post-Racial: Political Correctness and The Human Stain,” ASA Annual
          Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 2013.

"Pan-Africanism, Liberalism, and Black Nationalism: Brown Girl, Brownstones at the
          Crossroads," MELUS Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2013.

“Rewriting the Bildungsroman: Paule Marshall, Transnationalism, and Transcendence,”           ASA Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2012.

“Of One Blood: Between Race and the Human Race in Post-Reconstruction Politics,” C19           Biennial Conference, Berkeley, California, April 2012.

“Invisible Women: Race, Gender, and Sociology in Postwar African American Fiction, ”
          NeMLA Convention, Rochester, New York, March 2012.

“Mankind, Manhood, and the Protest Fiction Debate,” ASA Annual Meeting, Baltimore,
          Maryland, October 2011.

“Authentically Human: Universalist Humanism and the Harlem Renaissance,” Futures of           American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 2011.

“Particularity, Universality and the Problem of Plagiarism,” College English
          Association—Caribbean Chapter (CEA—CC) Annual Spring Conference, University           of Puerto Rico—Arecibo, March 2008.



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