Assistant Professor of Literature
Primary Academic Program: Literature
Biography:Alys Moody’s areas of expertise include 20th- and 21st-century European, American, and world literature, with an emphasis on modernism and its contemporary heirs. She received her doctorate at the University of Oxford after completing undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on how the persistence and proliferation of modernism’s aesthetic ideas have shaped how authors, scholars, and the public think about literature and its role in society. She is the author of The Art of Hunger: Aesthetic Autonomy and the Afterlives of Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2018) and coeditor, with Stephen J. Ross, of the anthology Global Modernists on Modernism (forthcoming). Manuscripts in preparation include the book The Literature of World Hunger: Poverty, Global Modernism, and the Emergence of a World Literary System and an article on the Lehrstücke of J. M. Coetzee. She has written on literature and contemporary art for such publications as the Journal of Beckett Studies, American Literary History, and Theatre Journal; contributed book chapters including “Global Modernism: An Introduction and Ten Theses,” in Global Modernists on Modernism, and “Against Culinary Art: Mina Loy and the Modernist Starving Artist,” in Gastro-Modernism: Food, Literature, Culture (forthcoming, 2019); authored book and theater reviews in, among others, Irish Studies Review, The Comparatist, and Beckett Circle: Newsletter of the Samuel Beckett Society. She has also translated works by Aimé Césaire, Suzanne Césaire, and Normil Sylvain. Professor Moody is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin and a Humanities Traveling Fellowship from the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She previously taught at Macquarie University (Sydney), University of Waikato (New Zealand), Université Paris 7–Paris Diderot, and University of Oxford.
BA, MPhil, University of Sydney; DPhil, University of Oxford. At Bard since 2019.