Meina F.K. Yates-Richard wins 2016 Norman Foerster Prize

Jan 12, 2017

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Congratulations to our Dr. Meina F.K. Yates-Richard (Assistant Professor), who has been awarded Duke University Press's 2016 Norman Foerster Prize for the best essay published annually in American Literature! Dr. Yates-Richard's essay, “‘WHAT IS YOUR MOTHER’S NAME?’: Maternal Disavowal and the Reverberating Aesthetic of Black Women’s Pain in Black Nationalist Literature,” received this praise from the selection committee:

In a field of distinguished work, Yates-Richard’s article stood out for us by tracing a compelling, provocative genealogy of black maternal sound and its relationship to black nationalism. By attending to the screams and songs of African-American women, Yates-Richard in this piece shows how black nationalism has both required and sacrificed the vocalizations of women. The result is an article that charts a textual tradition from Frederick Douglass’s Narrative to Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, and that raises important questions about the political work of such figurations. We are truly pleased to be able to recognize this path-breaking scholarship.

See the official press release at Duke University Press.


Summer 2017 ETS 119-1: Sounds of Protest and Change: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
May 19, 2017
MoTuWeTh 2:00-3:45p.m. | Dr. Meina Yates-Richard How did the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements impact American literature?
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Faculty and PhD candidate receive Humanities Center fellowships
May 17, 2017
Dr. Mike Goode (Associate Professor) will be a Faculty Fellow in Spring 2018; T.J. West (PhD candidate) will be a Dissertation Fellow in 2017-2018.
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PhD students chosen for teaching awards
May 16, 2017
Evan Hixon and T.J. West have received Outstanding TA Awards; Amy Burnette and T.J. West have received James Elson Teaching Awards
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MAYmester ETS 410-5: Ghosts, Money, and Monsters in the Victorian Short Story
May 16, 2017
MTWTF 8 a.m.-noon | Dr. Claudia Klaver When it comes to weird, we have NOTHING on the Victorians.
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