Shirley Moody-Turner is an assistant professor of English specializing in African American Literature, critical race studies and folklore studies. She has published essays on African American literature, race and folklore in New Essays on the African American Novel (Palgrave 2008), A Companion to African American Literature (Blackwell 2010), and African American Review (2010). She edited a special section on Anna Julia Cooper, in African American Review and has published entries and reviews in the African American National Biography (Oxford 2008) and the Journal of Southern History. Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon, a co-edited collection with colleague Lovalerie King, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press, and her most recent project, Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation, is forthcoming from the University of Press of Mississippi. She has served as a co-organizer for the last three conferences in Penn State’s Celebrating African American Literature series and currently is an officer of the African American Literature and Culture Society.
Areas of Specialization
- American Literature Before 1900
- American Literature After 1900
- African American Literature and Language
African American literature, critical race studies, folklore studies, Post-Bellum/Pre-Harlem period.
- Race and Ethnicity Studies
- Visual Culture
Documentary film, visual literacies, popular imagery, visual representations of race