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Areas of Interest: African American Literature, Anglophone African Literature, 19th Century American Literature, Critical Geography, Speculative Fiction, and 21st Century Afro-Diasporic Literature

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Office: PAHB 414
Office Number: 410-455-2749

Ph.D. in English, Duke University
M.A. in English, Duke University


Maleda Belilgne, Assistant Professor of English, is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies. Prior to joining the UMBC faculty in fall 2014, she was a postdoctoral associate in African American and African Diaspora literature at Rutgers University and an instructor with the Duke University, Duke in New York Arts and Media Program.

She is currently at work on a book project that examines representations of space and incarnations of the speculative in black-authored fiction. The manuscript, Between Nothingness and Infinity: Discourses of the Fantastic in Afro-Diasporic Literature, argues there is a constitutive relationship between the fantastic and spatial remapping in the black literary tradition.