Assistant Professor

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Maia Gil’Adí is a specialist in Latinx literature and culture. Her current book project, Doom Patterns: Latinx Speculations and the Aesthetics of Violence, shows how portrayals of violence and destruction paradoxically foreground pleasure in humor, narrative beauty, and the grotesque. The pleasure she identifies in Doom Patterns highlights the beauty found in the art object that problematically transforms violence into aesthetically pleasing texts for the enjoyment and consumption of the public, upending stereotypical accounts of “minority literature” by revealing the ongoing nature of imperial, racial, and ethno-national violence.

Gil’Adí teaches courses in Latinx literature and culture, speculative fiction and film, literary theory and criticism, contemporary horror, and surveys in “American” literature. She is the Second Vice President on the Motherboard of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP), and has been an Institute for Citizens and Scholars Fellow (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation), a member of the founding executive committee for the Latinx Forum of the Modern Language Association, co-chair of the Latinx Section of the Latin American Studies Association, and serves on the editorial board for Label Me Latina/o and Palgrave SFF: A New Canon. She was assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell before joining the faculty at BU in fall 2022.

For more about her scholarship and teaching, see her webpage. You can also see her digital humanities project, “The Zombie Archive” here.

Selected Publications:

Fukú, Postapocalyptic Haunting, and Science-Fiction Embodiment in Junot Díaz’s ‘Monstro.’” Posthumanizing the World: Speculative Aesthetics in Latin(x) American Science Fiction, edited by Emily Maguire and Antonio Córdoba, Palgrave McMillan pp. 91-122

Co-Editor, “New Worlds of Speculation.” ASAP/Journal vol. 6 no. 2 (May 2021). 

“‘I think about you, X—’: Re-reading Junot Díaz after ‘The Silence.’” Latino Studies 18.4 (2020): 507-530.

“Sugar Apocalypse: Sweetness and Monstrosity in Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban.” Studies in American Fiction 47.1 (2020): 97-116.

“Alexander Apóstol: Phantasmagoric Landscapes and Aesthetics of the Unfinished in Global-Venezuelan Imaginaries.” ASAP/J Latinx Speculative Fiction Cluster, “The Futures of Latinx Speculative Fictions” (December 2019) 

Works in Progress:

Doom Patterns: Latinx Speculations and the Aesthetics of Violence (Under contract with Duke University Press)

The Post-Racial, Social Realism, and Latinx Speculative Fiction.” Latinx Literature and Critical Futurities1992-2020, edited by Laura Lomas and John Morán González, Cambridge University Press.