Taylor Hagood currently holds the Lifelong Learning Society Distinguished Professorship in Arts and Letters. He 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 has written two books, 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). Additionally, he has published articles and reviews in numerous journals, including African American Review, College Literature, European Journal of American Culture, Faulkner Journal, Literature Compass, 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. Becoming increasingly more engaged with digital scholarship, he currently co-edits
, an H-Net discussion network, and is an editor with the Digital Yoknapatawpha website, hosted by the University of Virginia (see his
discussing the project). Along with these projects, he is coediting a collection of essays tentatively entitled Undead Souths: Beyond the Gothic, with Eric Gary Anderson and Daniel Cross Turner. His monograph-in-progress is entitled Faulkner, Writer of Disability.
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. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he is serving as a Research Ambassador for the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service.