Maxine Lavon Montgomery

WMS 433
African American fiction, contemporary black women's novels, cultural and gender studies

MAXINE LAVON MONTGOMERY, is currently a professor of English who holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1986). Her areas of specialization include Contemporary Black Women's Fiction, Post-colonial Literature, African Diaspora Literature and Culture, Black Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Writing, and Critical Race Theory. Much of her teaching and research involves an interrogation of the intersection between issues of race, gender, and sexualities and vernacular culture. Her current project, The Post-Apocalyptic Black Female Imagination, is a book-length investigation of black women’s literary and visual interventions into the speculative, Afro-futurism, or fantasy culture. A spin-off book project, Un-Zombifying Blackness: Race, Gender, and Vernacular Culture, is in the proposal phase.


  • The Post-Apocalyptic Black Female Imagination (under advance contract).
  • Meditations on Race, Culture, and History: New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison's God Help the Child (forthcoming, University Press of Mississippi).
  • Conversations with Edwidge Danticat (University Press of Mississippi, 2017).
  • Contested Boundaries: New Critical Essays on the Fiction of Toni Morrison (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013).
  • The Fiction of Gloria Naylor: Houses and Spaces of Resistance, (University of Tennessee Press, 2010).
  • Conversations With Gloria Naylor (University Press of Mississippi, Spring 2004).
  • The Apocalypse in African-American Fiction (U P of Florida, 1996).


  • “From African-Caribbean Pasts to Afro-Futures: Re-imagining Resistance in Michelle Cliff’s Abeng” (Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, forthcoming spring 2020).
  • “’You Not the Woman I Want’: Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child and the Legend of Galatea.” Race, Culture, and History: New Critical Essays on Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child. Maxine Lavon Montgomery, et. al., eds. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2020).
  • "Bearing Witness to Forgotten Wounds: Toni Morrison's Home and the Spectral Presence" (South Carolina Review, 2014).
  • "Got on My Traveling Shoes: Migration, Exile, and Home in Toni Morrison's A Mercy" (Journal of Black Studies, 2011).
  • "Don't Look B(l)ack: Spectatorship in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby." (Zora Neale Hurston Forum, 2010).
  • "Good Housekeeping: Domestic Rituals in the Fiction of Gloria Naylor" (Gloria Naylor's Early Novels, U P of Florida, 1999).
  • "Authority, Multivocality, and the New World Order in Gloria Naylor's Bailey's Cafe" (African-American Review, 1997).
  • "Racial Armageddon: The Image of Apocalypse in Richard Wright's Native Son" (College Language Association Journal, 1991).
  • "A Pilgrimage to the Origins: Apocalypse as Structure and Theme in Toni Morrison's Sula" (African-American Review, 1989).


  • University Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2017-18
  • Transformation Through Teaching Award, 2017
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award, 2010 (FSU).
  • COFRS Grant, 2004.
  • Sabbatical, Fall 2003.
  • University Teaching Award, 2002 - 2003.
  • W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society Distinguished Faculty Award, 2001.
  • Teaching Incentive Program Award, 1994-5.
  • University Teaching Award, 1994-5.
  • McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship, 1989-90.
  • Gold Key Faculty Member Recognition. 1994.

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