The University of Iowa

Mary Lou Emery

Mary Lou Emery
353 EPB
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Research Interests: 
Modernist and Caribbean Studies

In her teaching and research, Mary Lou Emery explores intersections between Transnational Modernist and Caribbean literatures.  She has published two books, Modernism, the Visual, and Caribbean Literature(Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Jean Rhys at “World's End”: Novels of Colonial and Sexual Exile (University of Texas Press, 1990) as well as articles on twentieth-century Caribbean and British writers in journals that include Modern Fiction StudiesCallaloo, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, and Philological Quarterly. She has also edited a special issue of theJournal of Caribbean Literatures on Jean Rhys.  Her chapters on Caribbean and global modernism appear in Disciplining Modernism, edited by Pamela Caughie (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms, edited by Mark Wollaeger with Matt Eatough (Oxford University Press, 2012).  Her current project involves the portrayal in modernist fiction of transcultural forms of housing and the interior arts. 

She has received several teaching awards, including the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence and the Graduate Mentor Award. Her courses include: Modernity and Plantation Modernism, Transcultural Modernism, Modernist Women Writers, Caribbean Literature and Culture, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, England between the World Wars, and Modernist Arts in Britain.