Category: american literature

Migration and African American Literature Syllabus

Jacob Lawrence On the Ernest J. Gaines Center’s blog, I posted two syllabi: “The Short Story and Ernest Gaines Syllabus.” and “African American Crime and Detective Fiction.”  Today, I would like to do something similar on my own blog. Instead of having the syllabus center around Gaines or detective fiction, I want to share with you a syllabus I constructed entitled “Migration and African American … Read More Migration and African American Literature Syllabus

Erin Salius’s Article on "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman"

At the first ever Ernest J. Gaines Society panel last May, Erin Salius presented “Rethinking Historical Realism in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” Recently, the essay, in its entirety, appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Callaloo. Today, I would just like to briefly discuss Salius’s “Rethinking Historical Realism: Catholicism and Spirit Possession in Ernest J. Gaines’s The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” Salius’s … Read More Erin Salius’s Article on "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman"

Paul Laurence Dunbar NEH Summer Institute

Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Grave at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton For the past three weeks, I have had the privilege of taking part in an NEH Summer Institute entitled “Paul Laurence Dunbar & American Literary History.” Before beginning the institute, my only knowledge of Dunbar came from the Norton Anthology of African American Literature and a couple of other sources. There, all that appears from … Read More Paul Laurence Dunbar NEH Summer Institute