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Nathan Grant, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

African American Review


M.A. New York University, 1984
Ph.D. New York University, 1994

Research Interests

African American literature, American Literature, culture and intellectual history; the Harlem Renaissance; African diasporic literature; cultural studies.

Publications and Media Placements


Masculinist Impulses: Toomer, Hurston, Black Writing, and Modernity
(Missouri, 2004)

Selected publications

"Obsession, Pathology, and Justice: Nerds, Bodies, Winsor McCay, and
the 1893 Chicago Fair." The Year's Work in Nerds, Wonks, and Neo-Cons,
Jonathan P. Eburne and Benjamin Schrier, eds. Indiana University Press,
2017, pp. 93-118.

"Afterword: Contingency and Found Objects." Visualising Slavery: Art Across
the African Diaspora, Celeste-Marie Bernier and Hannah Durkin, eds. Liverpool
University Press, 2016, pp. 274-279.

"ERIH's Silent Impact on the Humanities," The Journal of Scholarly Publishing 42:3
(April 2011), 323-381.

"Men, Women and Culture: A Conversation with August Wilson," American Drama
5:2 (Spring 1996), pp. 100-122. Rpt. in Conversations with August Wilson,
Jackson R. Bryer and Mary C. Hartig, eds., University Press of Mississippi, 2006,
pp. 172-187.

"August Wilson and the Demands of Capital." August Wilson: Completing the
Twentieth-Century Cycle, Alan Nadel, ed. University of Iowa Press, 2010, pp.

"Teaching Jean Toomer's Cane." Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, Michael Soto, ed.,
Peter Lang, 2008, pp. 193-199.

"Mirror's Fade to Black: Masculinity, Misogyny and Class Ideation in The Cosby Show
and Martin." Progressive Black Masculinities, Athena D. Mutua, ed., Routledge, 2006,
pp. 177-189.

"Countée Cullen." African American Writers, vol. 1, 2nd ed., Valerie A. Smith, gen. ed.,
Charles Scribner & Sons, 2001, pp. 135-147.

Book reviews

"Black Fascisms: African American Literature and Culture between the Wars by Mark
Christian Thompson." Modern Fiction Studies 55.2 (Summer 2009) 394-97.

"Zora Neale Hurston and a History of Southern Life by Tiffany Ruby Patterson." African
American Review 40:3 (Winter 2007), 593-595.

"Tough Notes: A Healing Call for Creating Exceptional Black Men by Haki R.
Madhubuti" and "Constructing the Black Masculine by Maurice O. Wallace."
The Washington Post Book World, Wednesday, September 4, 2002, p. C11.

Other writing

Liner notes for the first DVD releases in the United Kingdom of Charles
Burnett's Killer of Sheep and My Brother's Wedding, British Film Institute,
London, UK (October 2008).

Professional Organizations and Associations

Contributing Editor, A-Line: A Journal of Progressive Thought
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Midwest Language Association (MMLA)
Association for the Study of Arts of the Present (ASAP)
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)