Our students and faculty members work in close collaboration with other departments to study African American, African, and African diaspora literature and media, as well as in the histories of political struggle, collective action, and protest that Black, Indigenous and other racialized peoples have pursued, both here in the United States and in solidarity with international movements.
Our commitment is not just to ideas in the abstract, but also to activating histories of engaged art, debate, struggle, collective action, and counterrevolution as contexts for the emergence of ideas and narratives.
Note: For the 2020-2021 graduate admissions cycle, the University of Chicago English Department is accepting only applicants interested in working in and with Black Studies. We understand Black Studies to be a capacious intellectual project that spans a variety of methodological approaches, fields, geographical areas, languages, and time periods. To learn more, please read this interview with Adrienne Brown and C. Riley Snorton conducted by Ph.D. candidate Joel Rhone here.
Workshops, Working Groups, Projects, and Centers
Below is a growing list of groups where our students and faculty are involved.
|Hemispheric Studies||ENGL 42103|
|Toni Morrison, beloved and a mercy||ENGL 31285|
|Readings in Exile||ENGL 34240|
|Jamaica Kincaid and Naipaul||ENGL 36233|
|Black Shakespeare||ENGL 18860/38860|
|Uneasy Intimacies: Interracial Modernism||ENGL 35451|
|Cinema in Africa||ENGL 27600/47600|
|Breathing Matters: Poetics and Politics of Air||ENGL 50430|