Maria Almanza

Marion L. Brittain Fellow

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Writing and Communication Program
Office Location:
Hall 009
Overview

Dr. Maria Almanza’s research focuses on twentieth-century literature and disability studies. Her articles on such topics as autism, prosthesis, and representations of dismemberment have appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature, Arizona Quarterly, and the edited collection Disability Experiences. She is currently working on her manuscript, “Inconstant Bodies: Corporeality in the Twentieth-Century.” This book project argues that humans are constituted by a prosthetic relationship to their environment. Where most scholars conceive of the prosthesis as an artificial object (a glass eye or a bionic limb), “Inconstant Bodies” argues that conceiving of the prosthetic as a foreign object foregrounds the misrecognition of the body as natural and complete rather than reciprocal and dependent upon its surroundings. By foregrounding this “prosthetic relation”, “Inconstant Bodies” uncovers the affective and physical relationship between subjects and their surroundings.

Education:
  • Ph.D. English Literature, University at Buffalo, 2014
Awards and
Distinctions:
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, 2012-2013
Courses
  • ENGL-1101: English Composition I
  • ENGL-1102: English Composition II