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Erika R. Williams
Assistant Professor (2005)
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.
She has presented her scholarly work at the annual conferences of the American Literature Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, and the Modern Language Association. Her review essay "Review of Those About Him Remained Silent by Amy Bass" was published in the November 2011 issue of Callaloo; her essay "A Lie of Omission: Plagiarism in Nella Larsen's Quicksand," for which she received Honorable Mention for the Joe Weixlmann Award, appeared in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of African American Review; and her essay "Subverted Passing: Racial and Transgender Identities in Linda Villarosa's Passing for Black" appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Studies in American Fiction. She is currently at work on a book project: Tales from Du Bois: The Poetics and Politics of Cross-Caste Romance.