Michael G Malouf

Michael G Malouf

Michael G Malouf

Associate Professor

Literature: Modernism; Anglophone novel, drama, and poetry, spec. Irish, Caribbean, British literature; literary theory, postcolonialism and cultural studies; history of English.

Michael Malouf received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and teaches courses on Anglophone literature with a special interest in the Modernist period as well as contemporary novels and poetry from Ireland, Britain, and the Caribbean. His research and teaching are informed by the historical approaches found in postcolonialism and cultural studies with a particular focus on questions of cross-cultural literary and material practices within a transnational conception of the literary field. His courses strive to examine historical and social questions such as modernity, migration, or the commodity through the lens of literary and cultural forms.

Professor Malouf is currently the Director of the Graduate English Program. If you have any questions about our MA, Certificate, and PhD programs, feel free to email him or consult Graduate English for more information.

Current Research

I am currently working on a book project that examines the role of literature in the making of Global English. This project argues that rather than just being the product of a world-wide English, anglophone literature was also instrumental in its invention.  Examining critically the theories and debates within the emerging field of Applied Linguistics during the interwar period by Harold Palmer, Michael West, C.K. Ogden and I.A. Richards that contributed to the standardization of English as a world language, I argue that that literature played a key role in the development, dissemination, and legitimation of these theories and models of English.

At the same time, I continue to present and publish on a second project in the Energy Humanities, looking at popular culture, environmental politics, and oil cultures.

Selected Publications


Transatlantic Solidarities: Irish Nationalism and Caribbean Poetics. Charlottesville: University  of Virginia Press, 2009.


"The Poe Test: Global English and the Gold Bug." Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Inquiry 7:1 (January 2020): pp 35–49. DOI: 10.1017/pli.2019.23

“Behind the Closet Door: Pixar and Petroliteracy.” Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture. Edited by Sheena Wilson, Adam Carlson, and Imre Szeman. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.

“Shaw in Context: Empire and Nationalism.” Literature in Context: George Bernard Shaw. Ed. Brad Kent. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2015.

“Problems with Paradigms: Irish Comparativism and Casanova’s World Republic of Letters." New Hibernia Review 17:1 (Spring 2013): 48-66.

"Dissimilation and Federation: Irish and Caribbean Modernisms in Walcott's The Sea at Dauphin." Comparative American Studies 8.2 (2010):

"Transatlantic Fugue: Self and Solidarity in the Black and Green Atlantics." The Black and Green Atlantic. Ed. David Lloyd and Peter O'Neill. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 149-64.


Expanded Publication List

"Duppy Poetics: Yeats, Memory, and Place in Lorna Goodison's 'Country, Sligoville.'" Ireland and Transatlantic Poetics: Essays in Honor of Denis Donoghue. Ed. Brian G. Caraher and Robert Mahoney. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2007. 191-204.

"Feeling Éire(y): On Irish-Caribbean Popular Culture." The Irish in Us: Irishness, Performativity and Popular Culture. Ed. Diane Negra. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2006. 318-53.

"With Dev in America: Sinn Féin, Marcus Garvey and Recognition Politics." Interventions 1.4 (2002): 22-34.

"Forging the Nation: James Joyce and the Celtic Tiger." Jouvert 4.1 (1999).

Courses Taught

ENGL 408: Modernism

ENGL 465: British Novel after 1900

ENGH 455: Postcolonial Drama

ENGL 645: James Joyce's Ulysses

ENGL 645: Virginia Woolf

ENGL 439: Postcolonial Poetry

ENGL 439: Caribbean Literature

ENGL 360: Oil and Culture

ENGL 676: Introduction to Cultural Studies

ENGH 551: Introduction to Literary Theory


Ph.D., Columbia University, Department of English, 2004.

M.A., North Carolina State University, Department of English, 1996.

B.A., New York University, Gallatin Division, 1991.

Dissertations Supervised

Zachary Marschall, Forward to Heritage: The Future of the American and British Art Museum in their Communities (2019)

Marielle Barrow, Counter-Memory and Cultural Capital: The Arts as Sustainable Civic Practice in the Caribbean (2016)