Mary Unger

Mary Unger

Associate Professor of English

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920-748-8720
Office: West 202
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  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations

Basic Information

Education

  • Ph.D., MA, BA – English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Undergraduate minor in Chemistry

Courses Taught

  • Beyoncé, Black Feminism, and Pop Culture
  • Beyoncé and Black Women’s Writing
  • Black Lives Matter in American Film
  • African American Literature, 1773-Present
  • The American Experience
  • American Protest Literature
  • Freaks & Geeks in American Literature
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • The Lost Generation
  • Major Author: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Modernism
  • Senior Seminar: Disability Studies

Awards & Honors

  • Katharine Newman Best Essay award, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), for “Literary Justice in the Post-Ferguson Classroom”
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend ($6,000), 2017 - Funding for Bronzeville’s Books: Cultures of Reading in the Black Chicago Renaissance
  • Senior Class Award, Ripon College, 2017
  • Summer Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955″ (Newberry Library, 2013)
  • Campus Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)

Publications

  • “Literary Justice in the Post-Ferguson Classroom.” MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), vol. 42, no. 4, Winter 2017. Special issue, “Pedagogy in Anxious Times,” edited by Cristina Stanciu and Anastasia Lin.
  • “Mapping The Quaker City’s Queer Ecology.” A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphia, Ecology, and the Material Imagination. Ed. Alan C. Braddock and Laura Turner Igoe. Penn State UP, forthcoming December 2016.
  •  “Letters from Era Bell Thompson to Stanley Pargellis, 1944, 1953.” Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th-Century Chicago. Ed. Liesl Olson. Digital Collection, Newberry Library.http://publications.newberry.org/makingmodernism/exhibits/show/exhibit/thompson. 2014.
  • “‘Dropping Crooked into Rhyme’: Djuna Barnes’s Disabled Poetics in The Book of Repulsive Women.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 30.1 (2013): 124-50. Special issue, “Women Writing Disability,” edited by Michael Davidson.
  • “‘Dens of Iniquity and Holes of Wickedness': George Lippard and the Queer City.” Journal of American Studies 43.2 (Aug. 2009): 319-339.

Areas of Interest

  • Twentieth-century American literature and culture
  • Modernism
  • African-American literature
  • Black Chicago Renaissance
  • Disability studies
  • Gender and women’s studies
  • Pedagogy

 

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • Managing editor, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
  • American Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • Modernist Studies Association
  • Society for Disability Studies
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Presentations

Recent Presentations

  • “Bronzeville’s Bookstores and the Making of the Black Chicago Renaissance,” MELUS annual conference, Charleston (SC), March 2016.
  •  “The Caring Labor of the Black Chicago Renaissance: The Case of Chicago Girl,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers triennial conference. Philadelphia, November 2015.
  • “For My People: Reception and Readership in the Black Chicago Renaissance,” Reception Studies Society annual conference. Fort Wayne (IN), September 2015.
  • “Recovering the Black Chicago Renaissance,” American Literature Association annual conference, Boston, May 2015
  • "Chicago Girl:  A Lost Novel of the Black Chicago Renaissance."  The Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture Biennial Conference:  "African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture."  University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 2014.
  • “Surviving Naturalism in The Street.”  Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference.  Denver, October 2012.
  • Chair and respondent, “Nineteenth-Century Women Writing Disability,” a panel sponsored by Legacy.  Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference.  Denver, October 2012.
  • Chair and moderator, “Women Writers, Classroom Citizens:  A Roundtable on Pedagogy.”  Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference.  Denver, October 2012.
  • “A New Philosophy of Normalcy:  Negative Beauty in Lummox.”  Space Between Society Conference.  McGill University, Montreal, Canada.  June 2011.
  • “Fannie Hurst and the Standardization of Middle-Class Culture.”  “Women Writers to Know II,” a panel sponsored by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.  American Literature Association Convention.  Boston, May 2011.
  • “‘Ugly and Undistinguished’:  Democratic Taste in The Blacker the Berry.”  MLA. Los Angeles,  Jan. 2011.