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Greg Forter

Title: Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5895
Office: HUO, Room 517
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
English Language and Literature


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1998


Postcolonial literature and theory
Twentieth-Century US literature
Historical fiction
Gender studies and feminist theory
Critical race theory


History and Utopia in Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Historical Fiction
Modern American Literature
Modernist Masculinities
Masculinity in Contemporary US Film

Research Projects 

I'm currently writing a book entitled "Atlantic and Other Worlds: Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical Fiction." It proposes that the recent flowering of historical fictions about colonialism and its aftermath can help us move beyond some impasses in postcolonial thought—especially around the resistant value of mimicry-hybridity, the question of how colonized societies participated in the making of modernity, and the theoretical rift between the black Atlantic (and slavery) on one hand, the Indian Ocean world (and territorial colonialism) on the other. The project argues, too, that these fictions provide utopian alternatives to colonial domination that are sufficiently self-critical and skeptical to address the most profound, poststructuralist suspicion of utopianism. Authors discussed in the study include Amitav Ghosh, Marlon James, Patrick Chamoiseau, J.G. Farrell, Hari Kunzru, Marlene van Niekerk, Arundhati Roy, Toni Morrison, Nalo Hopkinson, Barry Unsworth, Zoe Wicomb.


Atlantic and Other Worlds: Critique and Utopia in Postcolonial Historical Fiction,” PMLA 131.5 (October 2016): 1328-43

“‘A Good Head and a Better Whip’: Ireland, Enlightenment, and the Body of Slavery in Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women,” Slavery and Abolition 37.3 (2016): 521-40 (special issue on Ireland and Atlantic World Slavery, eds. Fionnghuala Sweeney, Fionnuala Dillane, Maria Stewart)

Gender, Race, and Mourning in American Modernism (Cambridge UP, 2011)

Murdering Masculinities: Fantasies of Gender and Violence in the American Crime Novel (New York UP, 2000)

“Faulkner and Trauma: On Sanctuary’s Originality,” Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner (Cambridge UP, 2015)

“Colonial Trauma, Utopian Carnality, Modernist Form: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and Toni Morrison’s Beloved,” Contemporary Approaches in Literary Trauma Theory (Palgrave, 2014)

“Barry Unsworth and the Arts of Power: Historical Memory, Utopian Fictions,” Contemporary Literature 51.4 (2011)

“Freud, Faulkner, Caruth: Trauma and the Politics of Literary Form,” Narrative 15.3 (2007)

“Against Melancholia: Contemporary Mourning Theory, Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and the Politics of Unfinished Grief,” differences (2003)

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.