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Profile: Xiomara Santamarina

Title: Associate Professor
Ph.D., Chicago  1998

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

19th Century African American literatures with a primary focus on autobiography and slave narratives; antebellum fiction and prose; economic criticism; theories of value, race and labor.

Secondary Interests

Diaspora criticism--multi-lingual American literatures--20th century African American fiction and poetry.


Belabored Professions: Narratives of African American Working Womanhood (U. of North Carolina Press, 2005). Editor, scholarly edition of Eliza Potter A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life (1859: Repr. U. of North Carolina Press, 2009). "Are we there Yet?:  Racial Destinations in African American Literary Studies" (2008) in American Literary History, and other essays in Feminist Studies, American Quarterly, American Literature and Legacy.  Projects in progress:  essays on fraudulent slave narratives; black middle class proto-sociologists; Dave Drake, enslaved South Carolina potter; and editor, David Bryant Fulton's novel about the 1898 Wilmington, NC riot, Hanover; or, the Persecution of the Lowly (1900).
  • A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life
  • Belabored Professions: Narratives of African American Working Womanhood

Additional Info

Prof. Santamarina is also appointed in the Departments of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) and American Culture (AC), where her teaching and research interests cover discourses of nationalism, globalization and critical theory.

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