Rebecka Rutledge Fisher

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Greenlaw 402
962-4013

Associate Professor

 

Much of my work has been in the area of African American literature and literary theory. My most recent work is in book form; I have two book projects forthcoming from SUNY Press in 2014. The first is a study entitled Habitations of the Veil: Metaphor and the Poetics of Being in African American Literature. The second is a collection of critical essays on the work of Paul Gilroy, entitled Retrieving the Human: Reading Paul Gilrow. This volume, which I co-edited with Jay Garcia (New York University), includes a new essay by as well as an interview with Professor Gilroy.

Other recent work includes the following articles:

  • “Cultural Artifacts and the Narrative of History: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Exhibiting of Culture at the 1900 Paris Exposition.” In Paris: Capital of the Black Atlantic. Eds. Jeremy Braddock and Jonathan P. Eburne. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. 17-52.
  • “Democracy’s Remains: The Hermeneutic Historiography of Black Reconstruction.” South Atlantic Quarterly112.3 (Summer 2013): 507-527. 
  • “The Poetics of Belonging in the Age of Enlightenment: Spiritual Metaphors of Being in Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative.” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 11.1 (Winter 2013): 72-97. 
  • “Remnants of Memory: Testimony and Being in Sketches of Southern Life,” which appears in a special poetry number of ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance in 2008 (vol 54 no 1). 
  • “The Anatomy of a Symbol: Reading W.E.B. Du Bois’s Dark Princess: A Romance.” CR: The New Centennial Review  6. 3 (2007)
  • “Cultural Artifacts and the Narrative of History: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Exhibiting of Culture at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle” (Modern Fiction Studies51.4 (Winter 2005) 
  • “Metaphoric Black Bodies in the Hinterlands of Race, or, towards Deciphering the Du Boisian Concept of Race and Nation in ‘The Conservation of Races.’” In Race and Ethnicity: Across Time and Space (Brill, 2004).  

My introduction and notes for a new edition of The Interesting Narrative, by the eighteenth-century autobiographer Olaudah Equiano, was published by Barnes and Noble Press in December 2005. Another essay I am currently completing, entitled “Habitations of the Veil: Two Instances of Autobiography,” is forthcoming in the journal Criticism. This piece focuses on questions of refiguration, presence, and representation in two autobiographical texts by W.E.B. Du Bois. I have also written encyclopedia and/or review articles on the authors and scholars Ralph Ellison, Albert Murray, Gerald Early, and Itabari Njeri.

As a comparatist, I am interested in transnational, African American, and American studies, and have led various graduate and undergraduate seminars having to do with matters of cross-cultural representation. My research areas also include the Francophone Caribbean literatures of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Teaching Awards

Coleags Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award

History

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Washington University, 2001

M.A., Comparative Literature, Washington University, 1996

M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Ohio University, 1994

A.B., French, Ohio University, 1987

Research Groups and Interests

Comparative Literature
Group IX - Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Group VI - American Literature to 1900
Group VII - American Literature from 1900 to the Present
Group XI - African American Literature