INSTITUTE FOR LIBERAL ARTS & INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
B.A. Wellesley College
M.A. University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Erika R. Williams specializes in modernist and contemporary African American literature, focusing on theories of race, gender, and sexuality; on formations of cultural and personal identity; and on intersections and tensions betwen aesthetics and politics.
Her review essay "Review of Those About Him Remained Silent by Amy Bass" was published in the November 2011 issue of Callaloo, and her critical essay "A Lie of Omission: Plagiarism in Nella Larsen's Quicksand" is forthcoming in African American Review. She is currently at work on a number of projects including an essay on the intersection of racial and transgender passing in Passing for Black, a contemporary work of popular fiction by Linda Villarosa, and a book project, Romancing Genre: Folklore, Mystery, and Fantasy in the Literary Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois.