Department of English Language and Literature
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College of Arts and Sciences
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PhD, Duke University, 1998
Areas of Specialization
• Nineteenth-Century African American Literature
• African American Studies
• Black Cultural Studies
Current Research Projects
I'm currently writing a book called Gulf Coast Blues: Space, Time, and the Early Creole Coast, about African American culture along the American Gulf Coast in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It looks at strategies of early black cultural adaptation along the coast in the fields of architecture, music, folklore and folklife, and literature. I'm especially interested in the cultural mixing that occurred along coastal communities during the period of enslavement, and, in the midst of this mixing, how Afrocreole cultural production reflected and responded to the twin challenges of continuity and change.
Egypt Land: Race and Nineteenth-Century American Egyptomania (Duke UP, 2004).