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Areas of Interest
My areas of research interest include African American literature of the nineteenth century (specifically narrative studies), and African American women’s writing. I am currently working on articles about black women and mobility as portrayed through literature in the nineteenth century and representations of motherhood in post-emancipation African American literature.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Introduction, SKETCHBOOK 2008 online art exhibit (April 2008)
Entries on “Atlanta, Georgia,” “Leticia Benson,” and “Mae V. Cowdery”; Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (2005)
The Impact of the Black Church in Augusta, Georgia”; Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (Spring 2004)
Recent Papers Presented at National/International Conferences:
“Reflections on Freedom: Anna Julia Cooper, Lucy Laney, and Liberation,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association; Louisville, Kentucky; November 2008
“Elizabeth Keckley and Freedom’s Labor,” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities; Honolulu, HI; January 2008.
“Frederick Douglass: Writing, Revising, and Performing Intellectualism,” American Literature Association Conference; San Francisco, CA; May 2006.
“Engendering John: Modernity and Masculinity in Hurston’s “John Redding Goes to Sea,” College English Association Conference; San Antonio, TX; April 2006.
“Opening the Church Doors: Space, Femininity, and Sexuality in The Amen Corner,” College English Association Conference; Indianapolis, IN; March 2005.
“Revisiting Pecola Breedlove: Adolescence, Trauma, and Respectability in Push and The Bluest Eye,” University of New Orleans “Race, Gender, and Class” Conference; September 2004.
Early African American Literature
Early African American Literature, Introduction to African American Literature