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Angela Moorjani


1963 University of Maryland at College Park, French (High Honors)
1969 The Johns Hopkins University,
Romance Languages

Scholarly Interests

    The psychoaesthetics of modernist literary and visual texts; the fiction of Samuel Beckett; the relation of mourning to the artistic imaginary; a reevaluation of fetishism and its implications for gender theory and ethics; psychopragmatics and intercultural communication.

Selected Publications

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Samuel Beckett: Endlessness in the Year 2000 / Fin sans fin en l'an 2000 (selected papers from the Beckett in Berlin 2000 Symposium). Vol. 11 of Samuel
Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui
. Ed. Angela Moorjani and Carola Veit. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2001.
< ... > Beyond Fetishism and Other Excursions in Psychopragmatics. Semaphores and Signs. New York: St. Martin's; London: Macmillan, 2000.

. The Aesthetics of Loss and Lessness. Language, Discourse, Society. London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin's, 1992.

. Abysmal Games in the Novels of Samuel Beckett. North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1982.

Articles and Essays

. "Beckett et le Moi-peau: au-delà du fétichisme matriciel." Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 10 (2000): 63-70.

. "Peirce and Psychopragmatics: Semiosis and Performativity." Peirce, Semiotics, and Psychoanalysis. Ed. John P. Muller and Joseph Brent. Psychiatry and the Humanities 15. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. 102-21.

. "En attendant Godot on Michel Polac's Entrée des Auteurs." Samuel Bechett Today/Aujourd'hui 7 (1998): 47-56.

. "Beyond Paradox and Perplexities in Textes pour rien: A Psychopragmatic Approach." Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 6 (1997): 211-222.

. "Translating Theory and Feminism(s) from the French" (review essay). Contemporary Literature 37 (1996): 671-92.

. "Mourning, Schopenhauer, and Beckett's Art of Shadows." Beckett on and on .... Ed. Lois Oppenheim and Marius Buning. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 1996. 83-101.

. "The Ethical Implications of Theories of Loss." Retorica e interpretazione. Ed. Carla Locatelli and Anna Dolfi. Rome: Bulzoni, 1994. 203-18.

. "Fetishism, Gender Masquerade, and the Mother-Father Fantasy." Psychoanalysis, Feminism and the Future of Gender. Ed. Joseph H. Smith and Afaf M. Mahfouz. Psychiatry and the Humanities 14. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. 22-41.

. "A Cryptanalysis of Beckett's Molloy." The World of Samuel Beckett. Ed. Joseph H. Smith. Psychiatry and the Humanities 12. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 53-72.

. "A Cryptanalysis of Proust's "Les Intermittences du coeur." MLN 105 (1990): 875-888.

. "Beckett's Devious Deictics." Rethinking Beckett: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Lance St. John Butler and Robin J. Davis. London: Macmillan, 1990. 20-30.

. "Semiotic and Sociolinguistic Paths to Understanding Culture." (with Thomas T. Field) Toward a New Integration of Language and Culture. Ed. Alan J. Singerman. Middlebury, VT: Northeast Conference, 1988. 25-45.

. "The Magna Mater Myth in Beckett's Fiction: Subtext and Subversion." Beckett Translating/Translating Beckett. Ed. Alan Warren Friedman, Charles Rossman, and Dina Sherzer. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1987. 149-54.

. Reprinted in Women in Beckett: Performance and Critical Perspectives. Ed. Linda Ben-Zvi. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990. 134-41.

. "Narrative Game Strategies in Beckett's Watt." Esprit Créateur 17 (1977): 235-44.

. "A Mythic Reading of Molloy." Samuel Beckett: The Art of Rhetoric. Ed. Edouard Morot-Sir, et al. North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press 1976. 225-35.

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Teaching and Curriculum / Program Development

Ph.D in Language, Literacy, and Culture Coordinating Committee, 1996-

A in Intercultural Communication, coordinator, 1985-87
Core course in Intercultural Pragmatics (co-designer and teacher)

Modern Languages and Linguistics Major,chair,curriculum committee, 1997-81
Co-designer of a major incorporating linguistic and semiotic perspectives.

Core courses:

  • "The World of language"
  • "Textual Analysis: Words, Images, Music"

The French track of the major, 20 different courses developed.
Graduate seminars:

  • "Passion and Politics in the French Novel"
  • "Autour de la Révolution"
  • "Samuel Beckett"
  • "Lectures de Proust"
  • "Simone de Beauvoir: Le Deuxième sexe, avant et après"

Women Studies Coordinating Committee, 1979-86,2000-
Courses: "Women and the Media: Myths, Images, Voices"


1996-2000 and 1986-1988
Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, UMBC
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Chair, Baltimore Graduate Consortium in Foreign Languages and Linguistics
Coordinator of Graduate Studies, M.A. in Intercultural Communication
1984-85; 1982-83; 1978-81
Coordinator of French Area