Herman Beavers

Professor of English & Africana Studies
On Leave for Academic Year 2016-2017

Research Areas:
  • 20th Century African American Literary and Cultural studies
  • Jazz Studies
  • African American poetry and poetics
  • Gender Studies
  • Science and literature
  • Medicine and literature
Herman Beavers is Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies. He teaches courses in 20th Century African American literature and creative writing. Most recently, he has published essays on Charles Johnson, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison. His most recent poems have appeared in The Langston Hughes Colloquy, MELUS, and Versadelphia. He is currently completing two scholarly projects: The Geography of Risk: Art-Making, Jazz, and the Poetics of Conduct, 1947-2005 and another, Loud Canons: African American Literature and the Politics of Racial [Im] Probability, 1940-1997, which utilizes chaos theory to read canonical texts in African American literature. He serves as an advisory editor for The African American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, and The Journal of Modern Literature.
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