Taylor Hagood: Writer, Lecturer, Professor

Taylor Hagood

​Taylor Hagood is a writer, lecturer, and professor who connects with both academic and general audiences. An internationally-acclaimed expert on the writing of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner, Hagood is the author of many books and articles of literary criticism. His most celebrated book is Faulkner, Writer of Disability​, which won the C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies . His first book, ​Faulkner's Imperialism: Space, Place, and the Materiality of Myth​, has become a widely-cited volume in Faulkner scholarship, and his most recent book, ​Following Faulkner: The Critical Response to Yoknapatawpha's Architect​, offers a road-map for general readers, students, and scholars who want to understand the ways Faulkner has been written about and contextualized over the past fifty-plus years. Hagood has also been heavily involved with the NEH-funded Digital Yoknapatawpha project.

​While best-known for his work on Faulkner, Hagood's scholarship spans a range of topics. His book, ​Secrecy, Magic, and the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Women Writers​, explores the long-forgotten one-act plays of Zora Neale Hurston, May Miller, Marita Bonner, and other African American women during the Harlem Renaissance. Additionally, Hagood coedited with Eric Gary Anderson and Daniel Cross Turner ​​Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture​, which collects essays by scholars who examine undeadness as a literary trope that articulates deep aspects of culture. In addition to these book-length works, he has written articles on many other writers and literary movements and even on popular culture, including karate, comics, and football. 

As a lecturer, Hagood has spoken in venues in the United States, Canada, and Europe not just on literature but also travel, music, art, and culture. He has lectured on writers such as Anton Chekhov, Flannery O'Connor, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Shakespeare as well as jazz legends, country singers, and the cultures of the United States, especially southern culture. Based in south Florida, he has lectured at the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach and conducted charity author interview events for BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens. He regularly offers courses and one-time lectures for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Boca Raton and Jupiter , and he lectures at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach.

​​Hagood holds the position of Professor of American Literature at Florida Atlantic University , where he was also the 2013-2014 Lifelong Learning Society Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters. In 2009-2010, he was a Fulbright Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet-Muenchen in Munich, Germany, and he currently serves as a Research Ambassador for the Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst/German Academic Exchange Service . He currently directs the Study of the Americas Initiative at FAU.

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