Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English
213 Adams Hall
Current teaching schedule available on the public course finder.
Tess Chakkalakal [pronounced “Chah-KAHL-ickle”] has published widely on nineteenth-century African American and American literature. She is the author of Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America (Illinois, 2011) which earned the Robert K. Martin Prize for best book on American literature from the Canadian Association of American Studies. She is co-editor of Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs (Georgia, 2013). Professor Chakkalakal has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Duke University, Emory University, and the Mellon Foundation. Before coming to Bowdoin in 2008, Professor Chakkalakal taught at Williams College and Bowling Green State University.
Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs, with Kenneth W. Warren, University of Georgia Press, 2013
Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century American, University of Illinois Press, 2011
"Abolition in the Age of Obama," American Literary History, (Fall 2015) 27. 3: 539-548.
Review of Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery by Heather Andrea Williams in Journal of the Civil War Era 4.1 March 2014. (126-129)
“Finding a Home for Equiano,” in Teaching Olaudah Equiano’s Narrative. University of Tennessee Press, 2012. (95-117)
“Whimsical Constrasts”: Love and Marriage in The Minister’s Wooing and Our Nig in The New England Quarterly March 2011 (Vol. 84, no. 1).
“To Make an Old Century New” Review Essay in American Quarterly December 2010 Vol 62, No. 4, pp. 1001-1012
"Wedded to the Color Line: Charles Chesnutt’s Stories of Segregation" in Representing Segregation, Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Forms of Racial Division, SUNY Press 2010
“Wedded to Race: Charles Chesnutt’s Marital Fiction” in Studies in American Fiction 36.2 (Autumn 2008) 155-76.
“Making a Collection: James Weldon Johnson and the Mission of African American Literature” Spec. issue of South Atlantic Quarterly 104.3 (2005): 521-541
“Uncle Tom and the Making of Modern African American Literature.” Review of Black Political Economy 33.1 (2005): 73-87.
“I, hereby, vow to Read The Interesting Narrative” in Captivating Voices: Writing Confinement, Citizenship, & Nationhood in the Nineteenth Century. Eds. Jason Haslam and Julia Wright. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005. 86-109.
“Making an Art Out of Suffering: Bill T. Jones’ Uncle Tom.” Peering Behind the Curtain: Disabilities in Contemporary Drama. Eds. Kimball King and Thomas Fahy, New York: Routledge, 2002. 35-46
“Being Reena in Canada: A Case of Reckless Eyeballing.” Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Criticism Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2000. 159-167.
“Rev. of Autobiography and Black Identity Politics: Racialization in Twentieth-Century America.” Biography: an Interdisciplinary Quarterly. 23.3, (2000): 568-572.
Bowdoin: The Civil War Era Course Cluster
Academic Spotlight: Tracing Lasting, Local Footprints of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'