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Speakers Biographies

John Ernest, the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American Literature at West Virginia University, is the author of Resistance and Reformation in Nineteenth Century African-American Literature: Brown, Wilson, Jacobs, Delany, Douglass, and Harper (UP of Mississippi, 1995) and Liberation Historiography:

John Ernest (University of West Virginia)African American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794–1861 (U of North Carolina P, 2004). His editions of texts by nineteenth century African American writers include William Craft’s Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; or, The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery (Copley,2000) and William Wells Brown’s The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom (U of Tennessee P., 2001).

M. Giulia Fabi is an associate professor of American literature at the University of Ferrara, Italy, and the author of Passing and the Rise of the African American Novel (U of Illinois P, 2001).  M. Giulia FabiShe is a contributor to several volumes, including The Oxford Companion to African American Literature (Oxford UP, 1997) and The Cambridge Companion to the African American Novel (Cambridge UP, 2004).  Her work has appeared in African American Review, The Henry James Review, and Comparative American Studies Journal.  She has co-edited New Black Feminist Criticism, 1985-2000 by Barbara Christian (U of Illinois P, 2007).  She is the editor of  the Penguin Classics edition William Wells Brown’s Clotel (2004) and of a series of Italian translations of African American novels.  

John Gruesser (Kean University)John Gruesser, Professor of English at Kean University, is the editor of The Unruly Voice: Rediscovering Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (U of Illinois P 1996), The Black Sleuth by John E. Bruce (Northeastern UP 2002), and (with Hanna Wallinger) Loopholes and Retreats: African American Writers and the Nineteenth Century (Lit Verlag 2009) and the author of Black on Black: Twentieth-Century African American Writing about Africa (UP of Kentucky 2000) and Confluences: Postcolonialism, African American Literary Studies, and the Black Atlantic (U of Georgia P 2005).  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including African American Review, American Literary History, PMLA, Clues, the Edgar Allan Poe Review, and the Journal of Caribbean Literatures.  

Hanna WallingerHanna Wallinger is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria. She is the author of a biography of African-American novelist Pauline Hopkins. Entitled Pauline E. Hopkins: A Literary Biography (University of Georgia Press, 2005), Wallinger’s biography was vital in helping to establish Hopkins as a major figure of African American literature. Her essays have appeared in The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison, Black Liberation in the Americas. Together with John Gruesser she co-edited Loopholes and Retreats: African American Writers and the Nineteenth Century.

Kenneth W. WarrenKen Warren is Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor
Department of English at the University of Chicago and author of Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism (University of Chicago Press, 1993) and So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism (Chicago, 2003) as well as numerous articles that have appeared in American Literary History, boundary2, and New Literary History.