Associate Professor, Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies
102C Bryan Hall
Office Hours: W 12:00-3:00, appointments recommended.
Class Schedule: T 2:00-4:30
African American Literature, American, Cultural Studies
Ph.D. Duke University, 1995
A.B. Washington University, 1989.
A.B. Washington University, 1989.
Langston Hughes: The Harlem Renaissance (Young Adult), Marshall Cavendish, 2007
Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men’s Literature and Culture, 1775-1995, Duke University Press, 2002
Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity, Duke University Press, 2012
- “ ‘I Rose’: Power, Property and the Performance of Manhood in the Slave’s Narrative,” The Oxford Handbook to Slave Narratives, ed. John Ernest, (Oxford Univ Press, 2013), pp. 260-276.
- "Violence and Manhood in Douglass’s Civil War,” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, ed. Maurice Lee, (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009), pp 73-88.
- “Print, Prosthesis, Impersonation: Toni Morrison’s Jazz and the Limits of American Literary History,” American Literary History 20.4. Special Issue (Winter 2008): 794-806.
- “Riveted to the Wall: Covetous Fathers, Devoted Sons, and the Patriarchal Pieties ofHerman Melville and Frederick Douglass,” Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation, ed. Robert Levine and Samuel Otter, (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2008), pp. 300-326.
- “‘How a Man Was Made a Slave’: Contraband, Chiasmus and the Failure of Visual Abolitionism,” ELN: English Language Notes. 44.2. Special Issue on Photography and Literature (Fall/Winter 2006): 175-180.
- “‘I AM a Man’: Latent Doubt, Public Protest and the Anxious Construction of Black AmericanManhood,” Schomburg Studies in theBlack Experience: Ideology, Identity and Assumptions, eds. Howard Dodson and Colin Palmer,( Michigan State Univ. Press, 2007), pp. 133-178.
- “On Being a Witness: Teaching James Baldwin,” Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology, ed. E Patrick Johnson and Mae Henderson, (Duke UP, 2003), pp. 276-286.
- “ ‘I’m Not Entirely What I Look Like’: Richard Wright, James Baldwin and the Hegemony of Vision; Or, Jimmy’s FBEye Blues,” James Baldwin Now, ed. Dwight McBride (NYU Press, 1999, pp. 289-306.
- “The Autochoreography of an Ex-Snow Queen: Dance, Desire and the Black Masculine in Melvin Dixon’s Vanishing Rooms,” Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction. ed. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Duke UP, 1997), pp. 379-400.
- “ ‘Are We Men?’: Prince Hall, Martin Delany and the Masculine Ideal in Black Freemasonry, 1775– 1853,” American Literary History 9.3 (1997): pp. 398-424. Rpt. in National Imaginaries, American Identities, ed. Larry J. Reynolds and Gordon Hutner (Princeton UP, 2000), pp. 182-210.
- “Constructing the Black Masculine: Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and the Sublimits of African American Autobiography,” Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race, and Gender from Oroonoko to Anita Hill, ed. Cathy N. Davidson and Michael Moon (Duke University Press, 1995), pp. 245-270. Rpt. in No More Separate Spheres! A Next Wave American Studies Reader, eds. Cathy N. Davidson and Jessamyn Hatcher (Duke UP, 2002), pp. 237-262.
Selected Recent Lectures and Conference Papers
- “Hood Life; or, Tracking Trayvon: Sentiment, Surveillance and Disappearing Black Boyhood” The Body Project at Bradley University, Peoria IL (April 2014)
- “ ‘The Performance of Manhood in Slave Narratives’: A Roundtable in Honor of William Andrews” C19, Chapel Hill, NC (March 2014)
- “‘We Look Like Men’: Early Photography, War, and the Double-Bind of Black Manhood,” C19, Berkeley, CA (April 2012)
- “‘We Look Like Men’: Early Photography, War, and the Double-Bind of Black Manhood.” Rice Humanities Center, Rice University, Houston, TX (February 2012)