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Johns Hopkins' Douglas Mao Is Shannon-Clark Lecturer

— by on October 2nd, 2011

The Shannon-Clark lecture this fall features Douglas Mao, professor of English and chair of the Department of English, Johns Hopkins University. The lecture will be on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of the talk, which is free and open to the public, is “An Address to the Academy of Fine Ideas.”

A specialist in modernist fiction and poetry of Britain, Ireland and the United States, Mao is the author of Solid Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production and Fateful Beauty: Aesthetic Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature 1860-1960. He is also the co-editor of Bad Modernisms and the editor of the Longman Cultural Edition of E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End.

Mao has been president of the Modernist Studies Association and held a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; he currently serves on the Faculty Editorial Board of Johns Hopkins Press and on the editorial board of Textual Practice, Britain’s principal international journal of radical literary studies. Mao’s courses have treated a range of topics in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature, from gender in modern writing to the aftermath of literary naturalism, from narratives of utopia to authority in modern writing.

Mao received his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Yale. He taught in the English departments at Princeton, Harvard and Cornell before Johns Hopkins.

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