Taylor Hagood teaches American literature and literary theory. Dedicated to highest standards in instruction, he pushes undergraduate and graduate students to confront unsettling questions in nuanced ways as they work through literary and cultural production. 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 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.
Hagood’s scholarship primarily examines the writing of William Faulkner, African American literature, and the literature and culture of the United States South in an approach informed by disability studies, theorizing of social interaction via secrecy as a cultural item, digital humanities, and postcolonial theory. His writing spans print and digital forms, embracing the most cutting edge innovations in literary criticism. His books include Faulkner's Imperialism: Space, Place, and the Materiality of Myth (2008); Secrecy, Magic, and the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Women Writers (2010); Faulkner: Writer of Disability (2014), winner of the C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Literary Studies; and, most recently, Following Faulkner: The Critical Response to Yoknapatawpha’s Architect (2017). Along with these monographs, he edited Critical Insights: The Sound and the Fury (2014) and coedited Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture (2015) with Eric Gary Anderson and Daniel Cross Turner. 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. His work in digital humanities has to this point largely been connected with the NEH-funded Digital Yoknapatawpha website, hosted by the University of Virginia; he has been a collaborating editor with that project and has been interviewed and produced a video discussing it and digital humanities generally.
In the way of current work, Hagood is developing several projects. He is coediting the essay collection Swamp Souths: Literary and Cultural Ecologies with Eric Gary Anderson, Kirstin Squint, and Anthony Wilson. He also has a chapter on the history of southern literature forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of the American South, edited by Maggi M. Morehouse; a chapter on Jeremy Love's Bayou forthcoming in Revisionary Graphic Histories: Multi-Ethnic Graphic Narrative and the Idea of the Historical "Past," edited by Martha J. Cutter and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials; and a chapter on American football and the South forthcoming in Small-Screen Souths: Interrogating the Televisual Archive, edited by Gina Caison, Lisa Hinrichsen, and Stephanie Rountree. He has also begun writing the chapter reviewing Faulkner scholarship for the annual American Literary Scholarship volume published by Duke University Press.