Jennifer Larson


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My teaching and research interests include African-American literature (especially African American drama), Film Studies (especially race in film), American literature, and Composition.

My first book, Understanding Suzan-Lori Parks, explores all genres of Parks’s works, offering close readings of key texts in her oeuvre. My next book, Understanding Walter Mosley is forthcoming from the University of South Carolina Press (Fall 2016).

Recent publications:

  • “How a Mama on the Couch Becomes a Man with Watermelon: George C. Wolfe, Suzan-Lori Parks, and the Drama of ‘Colored Contradictions.’” Post-Soul Satire: An Interdisciplinary Critical Overview. Derek Maus and Jim Donahue, editors. University Press of Mississippi, 2014.

  • “Madea’s Middle Class: Sentimental Spaces in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion and Why Did I get Married?” With co-author Ashley Reed. The Sentimental Mode: Essays in Literature, Film, and Television. Jennifer Williamson, Jennifer Larson, and Ashley Reed, editors. McFarland, 2014.

  • Understanding Suzan-Lori Parks. University of South Carolina Press, 2012.

  • “365 Days/365 Plays: A (W)hole New Approach to Theatre.” Suzan-Lori Parks: Essays on Race, Gender, and Mythology. Philip Kolin, editor.  McFarland, 2010.

  • “Renovating Domesticity in Ruth Hall, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Our Nig.” Women’s Studies 39 (2009): 1-21.

Teaching Awards

Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2014


PhD. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

M.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

A.B. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Research Groups and Interests

Group XI - African American Literature