Closing Keynote – Prof. Douglas Mao

“Childhood’s Ends”


Douglas Mao is Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. His most recent monograph, Fateful Beauty: Aesthetic Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature 1860-1960, traces Victorian and modernist considerations of the possibility that beautiful physical environments would encourage the growth of beautiful souls. Professor Mao is also the author of Solid Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production; the co-editor, with Rebecca Walkowitz, of the essay collection Bad Modernisms; and the editor of the Longman Cultural Edition of E. M. Forster’s Howards End. He has been president of the Modernist Studies Association and has held a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He is currently the editor of Hopkins Studies in Modernism, a book series from Johns Hopkins University Press, and is at work on a book about utopia.