Taylor Hagood teaches American literature, with specialization in the writing of William Faulkner, African American literature, and the literature and culture of the United States South. His scholarship examines literary and cultural production in an approach informed by postcolonial theory, theorizing of social interaction via secrecy as a cultural item, and disability studies.
Hagood’s books include Faulkner's Imperialism: Space, Place, and the Materiality of Myth (2008) and Secrecy, Magic, and the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Women Writers (2010); and the forthcoming volume Faulkner: Writer of Disability . He also edited the recently published Critical Insights: The Sound and the Fury (2014). Additionally, he has published articles and reviews in numerous journals, including African American Review, Anthurium, College Literature, European Journal of American Culture, Faulkner Journal, Literature Compass, Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, Studies in Popular Culture, and Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.
In the way of current work, Hagood is pursuing a number of projects. He is an editor with the Digital Yoknapatawpha website, hosted by the University of Virginia (see his video discussing the project as well as an interview with him on it), and he is coediting a collection of essays entitled Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond, with Eric Gary Anderson and Daniel Cross Turner. In addition to these projects, his monograph-in-progress is entitled Following Faulkner:
The Response of Writers and Critics to Yoknapatawpha’s Architect, which is contracted as part of Camden House’s Literary Criticism in Perspective series and is designed to help guide readers and new scholars through the bewildering and often overwhelming world of Faulkner criticism.
Formerly the Frances Bell McCool Fellow in Faulkner Studies at the University of Mississippi, Hagood has won multiple teaching awards, and from 2009-2010 he was a Fulbright Gastprofessor and in 2011 was a visiting professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. In 2013-2014, he was the Lifelong Learning Society Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters. He currently serves as a Research Ambassador for the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service.