Professor . Office: 14N-414 . PBX: 617-253-8848 . Email: email@example.comAssociate Chair of the MIT Faculty
Professor Mary C. Fuller is Associate Chair of the Faculty for AY 2011-13. Her research focuses on the history of early modern voyages, exploration, and colonization; she is also interested in how observation and experience get transformed into narratives and books, and transformed again by readers past and present. She has published articles on Caribbean poetry, exploration narratives and video games, early modern circumnavigations, and Renaissance narratives of travel to Russia, West Africa, Guiana, Newfoundland, and Istanbul. Her teaching spans a broad range of topics, from poetry to scientific expeditions, including collaborations with CMS, Music, Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and EAPS. During AY 2010-11, she held an NEH Fellowship at the Huntington Library, working on a study of Richard Hakluyt’s collection of travel narratives and documents, Principal Navigations of the English Nation (1598-1600). She has studied the Japanese martial art of aikido since 1992.
Winner of the 2010 James and Ruth Levitan Prize in the Humanities
Project director of the 2011 NEH Summer Seminar "English Encounters with the Americas, 1550-1610."
Voyages in Print: English Travel to America, 1576-1624 (Cambridge University Press, 1995; paperback, 2007).
Remembering the Early Modern Voyage: English Narratives in the Age of European Expansion (Palgrave, 2008). http://us.macmillan.com/rememberingtheearlymodernvoyage
Geographic information in the age of Drake: a study of Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations (1600).
Work in press
“Arthur and Amazons: editing the fabulous in Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations” (Yearbook of English Studies).
“’ His dark materials’: the problem of dullness in Hakluyt's collections,” in Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt, eds., Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate/ Hakluyt Society, 2011).
Work in print
“The real and the unreal in Tudor travel writing,” in Kent Cartwright, ed., Companion to Tudor Literature and Culture (Blackwells, 2009).
“Where was Iceland in 1600?,” in Jyotsna Singh, ed., Companion to the Global Renaissance (Blackwells, 2009), 149-62.
“Richard Hakluyt’s foreign relations,” in Paul Smethurst and Julia Kuehn, eds., Travel Writing, Form, and Empire: The Poetics and Politics of Mobility (Routledge, 2008), 38-52.
“Writing the long-distance voyage: Hakluyt’s circumnavigators,” Huntington Library Quarterly 70 (2007), 37-60.
"Making something of it: questions of value in the early English travel collection"
"The First Southerners: Jamestown's Colonists as Exemplary Figures"
"Ravenous Strangers: the argument of nationalism in two narratives from Hakluyt's Principal Navigations (1600)"
"Images of English Origins in Newfoundland and Roanoke"
"English Turks and Resistant Travellers: Conversion to Islam as Homosocial Courtship"
"The Poetics of a Cold Climate"
"Myths of Identity in Derek Walcott's 'The Schooner Flight'"
(With Henry Jenkins), "Nintendo and New World Travel Writing: A Dialogue"
"Forgetting the Aeneid"
"Ralegh's Fugitive Gold: Reference and Deferral in the Discoverie of Guiana"
21L.002 Foundations of Western Culture II: The Making of the Modern World
21L.004 Reading Poetry
21L.007J World Literatures
21L013/21M013/21A013 The Supernatural in Music, Literature and Culture
21L315 Prize-winners: Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott
21L320 Big Books: The Faerie Queene
21L.463 Renaissance Literature
21L.703 Studies in Drama
21L704 Studies in Poetry: Virgil, Spenser and Milton;
21L705 Major Authors: Rewriting Genesis: Milton’s Paradise Lost and Twentieth-Century Fantasy
21L707 Problems in Cultural Interpretation: Race, Religion and Identity in Early American Writing
21LA Freshman Advising Seminar: Catastrophe, Tedium, Discovery: When Expeditions Do Science