Maxine Lavon Montgomery

Professor, Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies
WMS 433
African American fiction, contemporary black women's novels, cultural and gender studies

MAXINE LAVON MONTGOMERY, 2014-16 Frances Cushing Ervin Professor of English, earned a doctorate in English 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. She is currently at work on a book-length monograph on Black Women's speculative narratives. Tentatively entitled, Writing the Future: Black Women's Post-apocalyptic Fantasies, the work-in-progress interrogates figurations of emergent communities and their investment in the customary lore and rituals emanating from black girlhood, with childhood as a mode of utopian realization in novels by Nalo Hopkinson, Edwidge Danticat, Octavia Butler, Tananarive Due, and others.

Memberships include the Modern Language Association, the College Language Association, the Toni Morrison Society, and the Florida College English Association.


  • Contested Boundaries: New Critical Essays on the Fiction of Toni Morrison (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2013).
  • The Fiction of Gloria Naylor: Houses and Spaces of Resistance, (U of Tennessee P, 2010).
  • Conversations With Gloria Naylor (University Press of Mississippi, Spring 2004).
  • The Apocalypse in African-American Fiction (U P of Florida, 1996).


  • "Bearing Witness to Forgotten Wounds: Toni Morrison's Home and the Spectral Presence" (South Carolina Review, forthcoming spring 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).


  • 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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