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Profile: Michael Awkward

Title: Gayl A. Jones Collegiate Professor of Afro-American Literature and Culture
Degree:
Ph.D., Pennsylvania  1986
Awkward

Contact Info

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3062 TH

Phone:

764-0444

Uniqname:

michawk

email:

michawk@umich.edu

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

20th century Black American literature, especially post-World War II
 
The impact of gender on the study of Black American expressive culture (especially novels, r & b music, and film)
 
Black American autobiography (slave narrative to the present) and contemporary American autobiography
 
 

Publications

Inspiriting Influences: Tradition, Revision, and Afro-American Women's Novels (Columbia University Press, 1989)
 
editor, New Essays on Their Eyes Were Watching God (Cambridge University Press, 1990)
 
Negotiating Difference: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Positionality (University of Chicago Press, 1995)
 
Scenes of Instruction: A Memoir (Duke University Press, 2000)
 
Soul Covers: Rhythm and Blues Remakes and the Struggle for Artistic Identity (Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Phoebe Snow) (Duke University Press, 2007)
 
Burying Don Imus: Anatomy of a Scapegoat (University of Minnesota Press, 2009)
  • Philadelphia Freedoms: Black American Trauma, Memory, and Culture after King
  • Burying Don Imus:  Anatomy of a Scapegoat

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