Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
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Shelby L. Crosby

Assistant Professor   Shelby Crosby
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Phone: (901) 678-4583
Office: Patterson 427


B.A., 1997, Morehead State University
M.A., 2002, State University of New York at Buffalo
Ph.D., 2007, State University of New York at Buffalo

Academic Summary

Dr. Crosby researches Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century African American literature. She is particularly interested in representations of black women and their connection to the American body politic and nation building. In terms of teaching, Dr. Crosby believes in a participatory pedagogical approach to the classroom. Through her teaching, she would like to promote community action, individual growth, critical thinking and writing skills.

Select Publications

  • “Language of Empowerment: My Love of Black Feminism,” Black Feminism Journal, May 2012 
  • “Black Womanhood and Reiteration in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s The Sport of the Gods”—Forthcoming in The Mid-Atlantic CEA Journal
  • “The Body Politic and Cultural Miscegenation in Hope Leslie or, Early Times in the MassachusettsCLA Journal, December 2011. 
  • “The Social Consciousness of Melville” accepted in Critical Insights: Herman Melville. Fall 2011 
  • Forthcoming: “Jumpin’ for de Sun: The Future of Zora Neale Hurston Studies” 
  • Forthcoming: “Black Girlhood Interrupted: Race, Gender, and Colonization in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber” accepted in The Critical Reception of Speculative Fiction 
  • Forthcoming: “Conservative or a Visionary: The Journalistic Career of Zora Neale Hurston” accepted in Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston
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