Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


Christopher Freeburg

Associate Professor of English

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Education

PhD. University of Chicago; MA Stanford University; BA Xavier University of Louisiana

Courses

I teach advanced and survey courses in American and African American literature. I also teach discovery courses for new students that incorporate different forms of media like newspapers, television shows (cartoons and sketch comedy), and contemporary fiction.

Research Interests

American and African American Literature; The Idea of Black Culture; The American Novel after 1850; Slavery in the Atlantic World; Media Aesthetics

Selected Publications

Books

  • Melville and the Idea of Blackness: Race and Imperialism in Nineteenth Century America. New York: Cambridge, 2012.

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Book Contributions

  • "Walt Whitman, James Weldon Johnson and the Violent Paradox of U.S. Progress." Whitman Noir. University of Iowa Press, 2014.

Journal Articles

  • "James Baldwin and the Unhistoric Life of Race." South Atlantic Quarterly 112.Spring (2013):
  • "Teaching Literature and the Bitter Truth about Starbucks." Profession (2012):

Essays

  • "Chasing Slavery's Ghosts (forthcoming)." American Literary History . 2014.

Reviews

  • Rev. of Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative TraditionAmerican Literature 74.3 (2002): 638-640.
  • Rev. of Freedom's Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940; The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade, comp. Laura Doyle. American Literature 81.3 (2009): 613-615.
  • Rev. of Modernism, Race, and ManifestoesModern Fiction Studies 57.1 (2011): 185-187.
  • Rev. of African Culture and Melville's Art (forthcoming)Leviathan (2014):

Works in Progress

  • Baldwin and Love, Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin, ed. Michele Elam (forthcoming 2014)
  • Black Writers in the Ruins of History (book manuscript)