William Mullaney

Comparative Literature

Research Interests: Comparative Afro-Diasporic Literature, Literatura Marginal, Modernist Poetics, Testimonio, Comparative Ethnic Studies

Will Mullaney is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature studying twentieth-century Black writings on Brazil. His dissertation focuses on Black collective writing projects in the Brazilian redemocratization period beginning in the late seventies and ongoing in the contemporary. It highlights enunciations of a diasporic cultural orientation, inheritance, and historicity, which rethink and contest the Brazilian national text. He was awarded a Fulbright Research grant in 2022 to do archival research on the manuscripts of writers foundational to this literature.