Terrence Tucker

Terrence Tucker

Department Chair, Associate Professor

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B.A., 2000, Louisiana State University
M.A., 2002, University of Kentucky
Ph.D., 2006, University of Kentucky

Academic Summary

Dr. Terrence Tucker's work focuses on post-1945 African American literature and drama, Twentieth and Twenty-first Century American literature, and Popular culture. He is especially interested in representations of black masculinity, notions of community and class, as well as expressions of black militancy and black humor. He is currently finishing his book, Furiously Funny: Comic Rage in Late 20th Century African-American Literature.

Select Publications


  • Furiously Funny: Comic Rage from Ralph Ellison to Chris Rock. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018. 

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "'Where I Come From It's Like This' The African American Lens and the Critical Role of the Local South in Teaching Social Justice." Special Issue on Southern Studies, Pedagogy, and Activism, South: A Scholarly Journal 50.2 (Spring 2019)" 212-224. 
  • "In the Shadow of Cosby: Gloria Naylor's Linden Hills and the Postintegration Black Elite." Gloria Naylor's Fiction: Contemporary Explorations of Class and Capitalism. Eds. Sharon A. Lewis and Ama S. Wattley. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017: 77-100.
  • "Humor, Fantasy, and Myth: Dramatic Marginalized Voices and Mississippi's America" A Literary History of Mississippi. Ed. Lorie Watkins. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2017: 211-227. 
  • Forthcoming: "Cackling Through the Country: Beth Henley and The South's' America." Writing the Crooked Letter State: A History of Mississippi's Literature.
  • "Blackness We Can Believe In: Authentic Blackness and the Evolution of Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks" Post-Soul Satire: An Interdisciplinary Critical Overview. 2014.
  • "Confessions of a Bakke Baby: Race, Academia, and the 'Joshua Generation.'" Overcoming Adversity in Academia: Stories From Generation X Faculty. 2014.
  • "Workingman's Blues: The Blues as Working-Class Music." Blue Collar Pop Culture. 2012.
  • "Revolutionary Hustler: Liberatory Violence in Donald Goines's Kenyatta Series." Word Hustle: Critical Essays and Reflections on the Works of Donald Goines. 2011.
  • "(Re)Claiming Legacy in the Post-Civil Rights South in Richard Wright's 'Down by the Riverside' and Ernest Gaines's A Gathering of Old Men." Southern Literary Journal. Spring 2011.
  • "American Negroes Revisited: The Intellectual and The Badman in Walter Mosley's Fearless Jones Novels." Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction. 2008.
  • "Do You See What I See?: Teaching Race in the Age of ColorBlind America."Teaching Race in the Twenty-first Century: College Teachers Talk About the Fears, Risks, and Rewards. 2008.
  • "African-American Superheroes and Comics." With M. Keith Booker. African Americans and Popular Culture. 2008.
  • "Teaching Race to Students Who Think the World is Free: Aging and Race as Social Change." Pedagogy. Winter 2006.