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Allyson DeMaagd

Doctoral Candidate
Graduate Teaching Assistant

M.A., English Language and Literature, Grand Valley State University, 2010
M.A. English Language and Literature, Grand Valley State University, 2007
Diploma with honors, Spanish Cryptology, Defense Language Institute, 2001

Email: acdemaagd@mix.wvu.edu

Areas of interest/specializations

Modernist women’s literature
Transatlantic modernism
Sensory Studies
Gender Studies
Twentieth-century Irish literature

Selected presentations/conferences

“Sensory Bewitchment: Elevating the Lower Senses in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.”
International Virginia Woolf Society Panel. Modern Language Association Conference.
Philadelphia, PA. Jan. 2017.

“H.D., Imagiste H.D., Synesthete” H.D. International Society Panel. Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, KY. Feb. 2016

Co-Organizer. Sensory Revolutions: Women, Modernism, and Technology. Modernist Studies Association Conference. Boston, MA. Nov. 2015

Chair. “Modernism Stinks.” Modernist Studies Association Conference. Boston, MA. Nov. 2015

“‘Crass as sound can be imagine a soundless world!’: Sensory Aversion in Elizabeth’s Bowen’s Eva Trout.” Modernist Studies Association Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. Nov. 2014

Seminar Participant. “Alternative Sensoriums in H.D’s HERmione.” Modernist Studies Association Conference. Boston, MA. Nov. 2015

“Queering and Veering: Disrupting Age in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. San Diego, CA. Nov. 2013

“Debunking DeValera: A Literary Backlash against Oppressive Irish Politics.”American Conference for Irish Studies Midwest. Grand Rapids, MI. Nov. 2011

Invited Lecturer. “Debunking DeValera: A Literary Backlash against Oppressive Irish Politics.” Irish Heritage Society of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids, MI. Mar. 2011

Chair. “J.M. Synge and Identity.” American Conference for Irish Studies Midwest. Grand Rapids, MI. Nov. 2011

Dissertation (expected date of completion April 2017)

Dissensual Practices: Alternative Sensoriums in Modernist Women’s Writing
In this study, I employ sensory theory to interrogate the relationship between modernist women writers and technology. While modern technologies tended to be bound to a single sense in the popular imagination, the women writers I examine suggest a more complex, intersensory relationship between technology and the gendered body, one that shaped an alternative, often subversive, uniquely modernist sensorium. My project recovers their often-overlooked modernist experimentation with the sensing body and its technologies and illuminates their important contributions to redefining the sensorium.

Courses taught

English 101: Composition and Rhetoric I
English 102: Composition and Rhetoric II (traditional and online)
English 132: Short Story and the Novel
English 241: American Literature I
English 262: British Literature II
English 495: Young Adult Fiction (online)

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English 495: Capstone

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 10: Clare Beams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 20: Calliope Reading, 7:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

April 27: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, WVU Mountainlair