Assistant Professor / Delta Delta Delta Fellow in the Humanities

2014, PhD English, University of Illinois at Chicago

2005, BA English, Washington University in St. Louis

Bio

Danielle Christmas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, endowed as the Delta Delta Delta Fellow in the Humanities. She holds a B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in English from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current manuscript, “Auschwitz and the Plantation: Labor, Sex, and Death in American Holocaust and Slavery Fiction,” concerns how representations of slavery and the Holocaust contribute to American socioeconomic discourses. She has received a number of national awards to pursue this research, including support from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the American Council of Learned Societies in partnership with the Mellon Foundation. Most recently, her interests in Southern history, including Confederate monuments and lynching narratives and visual art, have led to a number of presentations in partnership with UNC’s Carolina Public Humanities. She looks forward to expanding this work with research on white nationalist literature and peacebuilding initiatives through the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.

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Publications:

  • “The Plantation-Auschwitz Tradition: Forced Labor and Free Markets in the Novels of William Styron.” Twentieth-Century Literature 1 (Spring 2015): 1-31.
  • “From ‘Eichmann-as-Victim’ to ‘Nazi-as-Jew’: Deconstructing Justice in American Holocaust Trial Films.” Aftermath: Genocide, Memory, and History. Karen Auerbach, ed.Melbourne, Australia: Monash University, 2015, 185-200.
  • Danielle Christmas and Adam Brown. “When the Holocaust Comes to Harlem: Traumatic Memory, Race, and Economic (In)Justice in American Holocaust Film.” Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives. Dana Mihailescu and Mihaela Precup, eds. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2014.

Awards

  • Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement Fellow, Duke University, 2016-18
  • First Book Institute, Center for American Literary Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
  • International Summer Research Workshop: Literary Responses to Genocide in the Post-Holocaust Era, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2014
  • Mellon / American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013-14
  • Cummings Foundation Fellowship, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2013-14
  • Curt C. and Else Silberman Faculty Seminar, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2013
  • Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, Holocaust Educational Foundation Fellowship of Northwestern University, 2012

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 129: Literature & Cultural Diversity: Lynching in American Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 129: Literature & Cultural Diversity: Slavery and the Holocaust in American Fiction and Film
  • ENGL 367: African American Literature to 1930: God(s) of Slavery: Religious Experience in Early African American Literature
  • ENGL 411: Memory & Literature: Holocaust Literatures in Translation

Curriculum Vitae / Resume