<< Dr. Angela Moorjani >>
Angela Moorjani
Professor

Education

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 B.A.
1963 University of Maryland at College Park, French (High Honors)
 Ph.D.
1969 The Johns Hopkins University,
Romance Languages
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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.
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Selected Publications

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Books

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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

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. "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-

M
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"


Administration

1996-2000 and 1986-1988
Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, UMBC
1991-1993
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland Baltimore County
1987-1988
Chair, Baltimore Graduate Consortium in Foreign Languages and Linguistics
1985-1987
Coordinator of Graduate Studies, M.A. in Intercultural Communication
1984-85; 1982-83; 1978-81
Coordinator of French Area