Associate Professor of English
Massachusetts Hall - 303
African American poetry as counter-memory -- from Wheatley to the present -- with a focus on oral traditions, activist literary discourses, trauma and healing, and productive communities. Special emphasis on the past century: dialect and masking; the Harlem Renaissance; Brown, Brooks, and Hayden at mid-century; the Black Arts Movement; black feminism; and contemporary voices.
Explores the wild and diverse literary territories of the state of Maine—past and present. Considers Maine’s multi-ethnic folkways, its austere modernisms, remorseless gothic landscapes, natural splendors and antagonisms, small town humor and naturalism, coastal rhapsodies and adversities, post-industrial regionalism, and contemporary urban cultures. Includes poetry, short stories, novels, memoirs, personal narratives, children’s literature, and urban storytelling by such writers as Sarah Orne Jewett, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert McCloskey, Stephen King, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, and Ashley Bryan.
American and African American literature and culture; African American women's literature; the Harlem Renaissance; African American film and literature; contemporary ethnic American literature.
African American modernism; the Harlem Renaissance; twentieth-century African American poetry; contemporary fiction about slavery (neo-slave narratives); African American women's literature.