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Marisa Parham

Associate Professor of English; Director of the Five College Digital Humanities Project

Departmental affiliations: Black Studies; English; Film and Media Studies

PhD – Columbia University (2004)
M.Phil. – Columbia University (2000)
M.A. – Columbia University (1997)
A.B. – Washington University (1996)

I teach classes in African-American literary and cultural studies, modern American popular culture, and Anglophone literatures after colonialism. I generally teach in one of two modes, either working to train students to reconcile social and historical concerns with literary hermeneutics, or to work across media as public intellectuals. In both kinds of classes I emphasize close attention to textual nuance, and the development of clear, concise argumentation--on paper and also using new media.

My research follows a trajectory similar to my teaching, using a blend of literary analysis and cultural studies to write on a diverse range of topics, mainly in relation to minority life in the twentieth century.

You can click here to learn more about my scholarly work and also to see my CV. Click here to learn more about my teaching, and here to see more about my work outside of academia proper.

selected publications
:: The CLR James Journal, special issue on Édouard Glissant (forthcoming, co-edited w/ John Drabinski)
:: Haunting and Displacement in African-American Literature (Routledge, 2008)
:: The African American Student’s Guide to College (Random House, 1998)

:: "Saying 'Yes': Textual Traumas in Octavia Butler’s Kindred," Callaloo, fall 2009
:: "Hughes, Cullen, and the Insights of Memory," ELH, 2007
:: "You can’t flow over this: Acoustic Illusion in Bob Kaufman and Ursula Rucker," in Sonic Interventions, 2007
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papers & workgroups
Guest Instructor, New Media Boot Camp : “Extensional Pedagogies
The Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA) @ Rutgers University. 5/09.

“Dominion/Domination: Justice, Memory, and the Environment in Hogan and Kogawa”
American Comparative Literature Association Meeting, Harvard University. 3/09.
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awards and honors
:: Senior Sabbatical Fellowship, Amherst College (2009-2010)
:: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow, W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and AfAm Research, Harvard University
 click here for a complete listing, or to see my CV.