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African American Literature



  • “Conjuring the Superstitions of a Nation: Magic and Memory in Huckleberry Finn” (under submission)
  • “The Gothic Grapevine: Teaching Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales as Gothic Fiction” Approaches to Teaching Charles W. Chesnutt, ed. Susanna Ashton and Bill Hardwig (forthcoming)
  • “The Terrain of Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales.” Chesnutt, Charles, The Conjure Stories, ed. Robert Stepto and Jennifer Greeson (New York: Norton, 2011), 149-164.   

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Selected Articles

  • “ ‘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.



  • "Architecture's Other: Radicalizing the Vernacular," Appendx 4 (1999): 98-119.
  • "Challenging Formalism: The Implications of Contemporary Cultural Theory for Historic Preservation," Landscape Journal 18.1 (1999): 30-40.
  • "Beyond the Buildings: Landscape as Cultural History in Constructing the Historical Significance of Place," Proceedings of Preservation of What, for Whom: A Critical Look at Historical Significance, ed. Michael A. Tomlan, National Council for Preservation Education (1999): 159-168.



  • 2008-              Director, Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies
  • 2000-              Alice Griffin Professor of English
  • 9/91-2000       Professor, Department of English, University of Virginia
  • 9/87-9/91       Associate Professor of English
  • 1/89-5/89       Visiting Professor of English, Duke University
  • 12/84-5/87     Associate Professor, Department of English, Colby College. Tenured December, 1984


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