Laura Doyle, Professor of English

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Laura Doyle is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Personnel in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. In the Fall of 2010, as Leverhulme Research Professor in residence at the University of Exeter (UK), she presented Leverhulme lectures throughout Britain and Ireland.

At UMass, Doyle is co-convener of the Five College Atlantic/Global Studies Faculty seminar and co-organizer of WSIP, the World Studies Interdisciplinary Project together with Professors Mwangi-wa-Gĩthĩnji (Economics) and Joye Bowman (History): ( WSIP fosters interdisciplinary work in global and postcolonial studies, with a strong historical focus. In a range of forums, WSIP brings together social scientists and humanists to engage with recent scholarship in world history, especially insofar as it enriches current studies of capitalism, empires, and cultural history.

Doyle's teaching and scholarship bring together transnational history, genre studies, postcolonial studies, and existential philosophy to consider the crosscultural and geopolitical dynamics shaping literature. She teaches courses in theory, global studies, Atlantic race studies, history of the novel, and geomodernisms, and she has mentored Ph.D. students in these and other areas, including postcolonial and Black diaspora literature.

Doyle's current projects develop an “inter-imperial” framework of analysis, including in her book-in-progress and recent essays, such as “Inter-imperiality: Dialectics in a Postcolonial World History” (Interventions) and “Notes Toward a Dialectical Method: Modernities, Modernisms, and the Crossings of Empire” (Literature Compass). Doyle also integrates existential philosophy into her study of literature, in particular the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Frantz Fanon. (See her edited collection, Bodies of Resistance, and the essay “Toward a Philosophy of Transnationalism.”)

Doyle is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, two ACLS Fellowships (1992, 2010), the CHFA Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research, and the CHFA Outstanding Teacher Award. She has also been involved in the University's Center for Teaching, offering workshops for graduate students on leading discussion and facilitating a campus-wide Faculty Book Club on books related to teaching and the university.

Doyle’s book publications include:
* Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture (Oxford 1994, recipient of Narrative Society Perkins Prize)
* Freedom's Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940 (Duke 2008)
* Geomodernisms: Race, Modernism, Modernity, co-edited with Laura Winkiel (Indiana 2005)
* Bodies of Resistance: New Phenomenologies of Politics, Agency, and Culture, editor (Northwestern 2001)

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Freedom's Empire
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Bordering On The Body
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Bodies of Resistance