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Holland, Mary

Ph.D. in English, UCLA
M.A. in English, University of Maryland, College Park
B.A. in English, Rice University

Associate Professor

Department: English
Office: JFT 408
Phone: (845) 257-2740

Office Hours

On Leave

Career History

State University of New York, New Paltz

2013-present Associate Professor of English

2007-2013 Assistant Professor of English

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

2005-2007 Lecturer

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX

2005 Lecturer

University of Maryland University College, European Division, Germany and Bosnia

1996-1998 Lecturer

University of Maryland University College, Asian Division, South Korea

1995-1996 Lecturer

Central Texas College, Asian Division, South Korea

1995-1996 Lecturer

Teaching Interests

20th and 21st century American and British literature and theory

Research/Creative Activity

Mary Holland specializes in contemporary American and British fiction. In her work, she explores—in courses at every level, and in publications on authors like Wallace, DeLillo, Danielewski, and Foer—the continued vitality and significance of literature that struggles with contemporary ideas about language and contemporary media technology. Her first book, Succeeding Postmodernism: Language and Humanism in Contemporary American Literature, was published by Bloomsbury in 2013, and argues that fiction of the twenty-first century uses poststructural narrative techniques toward humanist and realist ends. Her current book project concerns generic change in the novel in the late 20th and early 21st centuries due to changes in technology and ideas about time.

Awards, Honors & Recognition


Harry Ransom Center Travel Stipend, University of Texas at Austin, July 2011-August 2012

Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action Leave Program Award, Spring 2011

Faculty Research Support / Student Assistant Initiative grant, September 2009-June 2010

UUP Professional Development Award, Fall 2008

Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA, 2003-2004

Ethelyn Simmons Memorial Dissertation Award, UCLA, 2001-2002

Summer Research/Mentorship Fellowship, UCLA, 2000

Fellowship, Department of English, UCLA, 1998-1999

Fellowship, Department of English, University of Maryland, 1993-1995

Lady Geddes Prize in Writing, Rice University, 1990


Two “Thank-You” awards given in my name to SUNY New Paltz at graduation by students, May 2009

Book donated to the Trinity University library in my honor by student, Fall 2004

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award Departmental Nominee, UCLA, 2002-2003

Departmental Teaching Assistant Consultant, UCLA, 2002-2003

Teaching Excellence Award, UCLA English Department, 2001-2002

Teaching Excellence and Service Award, Camp Bedrock (Tuzla, Bosnia), 1997


Succeeding Postmodernism: Language and Humanism in Contemporary American Literature. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters
“Mediated Immediacy in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.” A Companion to David Foster Wallace Studies. Marshall Boswell & Stephen Burn, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

“A Lamb in Wolf’s Clothing: Postmodern Realism in A. M. Homes’s Music for Torching and This Book Will Save Your Life.Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 53.3 (2012): 214-37.

“Morality in a (TV) Box: Lessons on Mothering and Media from The Ring and The Ring Two.” The Journal of Popular Culture 42.4 (2009): 680-98.

“‘The Art’s Heart’s Purpose’: Braving the Narcissistic Loop of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 47.3 (2006): 218-242.

Reviews and encyclopedia entries
“This is the point.” Review of Point Omega, by Don DeLillo. American Book Review 34.4 (2013): 10.

Review of From Modernist Entombment to Postmodernist Exhumation, by Lisa Perdigao. Modern Fiction Studies 57.4 (2011): 776-779.

“Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996).” Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works. Geoff Hamilton & Brian Jones, eds. New York: Facts on File, 2011. 199-201.

“Music for Torching by A. M. Homes (1999).” Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones, eds. New York: Facts on File, 2011. 282-4.