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Maria Windell

Assistant Professor

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RB 384  Phone: 765-285-8476  

Department of English
Robert Bell Building (RB), Room 297
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Since arriving at Ball State in 2011, I have taught an array of early American and ethnic American classes. Whether in a pre-1800 American literature course or an African American literature seminar, I engage my students in discussions about how literary, cultural, and historical developments intersect.

My teaching and research overlap through the exploration of these issues. My current book project, Sentimental Diplomacy: US Literary History and the Transamerican Nineteenth Century, is in the final stages of revision. Sentimental Diplomacy examines how sentimental discourse becomes a tool for negotiating slave rebellions, indigenous resistance, and independence wars in the nineteenth-century Caribbean, US, and Mexico. In narratives by such authors as Harriet A. Jacobs, Leonora Sansay, John Rollin Ridge, and Frederick Douglass, fleeting but forceful intrusions of affective discourse help shape a transamerican US imaginary. The acts of “sentimental diplomacy” that I explore inevitably underwrite questions of genre, incommensurability, and transamerican comparability—questions central to both this project and my research interests more broadly.

Areas of specialization:
Early American literature; eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century U.S. literature; ethnic U.S. literatures; American and transamerican studies; environmental literature and ecocriticism

Courses taught:

  • Undergraduate: American literature to 1800, American literature to 1865, Americans abroad, ethnic American literatures, Native American literatures, African American literature, introduction to literary study
  • Graduate: early American novel (to 1820), ethnic American literatures, Native American literatures

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Course Schedule
  • Course
    Course
    No.
    No.
    Section
    Section
    Time
    Time
    Days
    Days
    Location
    Location
  • Course
    Senior Seminar
    No.
    444
    Section
    1
    Section
    1700-1815
    Days
    M W
    Location
    RB 105
  • Course
    Native American Lite
    No.
    492
    Section
    1
    Section
    1500-1615
    Days
    M W
    Location
    RB 290
  • Course
    Early American Lit
    No.
    641
    Section
    1
    Section
    0900-1140
    Days
    M
    Location
    RB 285