B.A. University of California, San Diego
M.A. California State University, Los Angeles
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in English at UCLA
“Posthumous Afterlives: Ecstatic Readings of Post-1945 American Literature”
Katherine Kinney (Chair), Traise Yamamoto, Carole-Anne Tyler, Fred Moten
multi-ethnic 20th century American literature, modernism, theories of temporality
Melanie Sherazi is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of California, Riverside, specializing in modern and contemporary American literature. Her dissertation project, “Posthumous Afterlives: Ecstatic Readings of Post-1945 American Literature,” examines civil-rights-era literature that was published posthumously, years and sometimes decades after the death of the author. She draws upon feminist and critical race theory and philosophies of temporality to theorize the temporal, aesthetic, and ethical implications of posthumously published texts by such authors as Ralph Ellison and Carson McCullers. The project considers these texts’ protracted publication histories in relation to their thematic investments in engaging social identity in flux. She is currently developing a project about the late African American expatriate author William Demby’s life and work. Her research has received fellowship support from the Department of Philosophy’s Immortality Project, the Hayman Foundation, funded by the UCLA Semel Institute, and UCR’s Graduate Division.