Candice M. Jenkins
Ph.D. Duke University; B.A. Spelman College
African American Studies, Gender/Sexuality Studies
Specializations / Research Interest(s)
- Contemporary Black Fiction; Black Postmodernism; Gender/Sexuality Studies and African American Narrative; Black Feminist Theory and Criticism; Hip Hop and the Literary; Black Speculative Fiction
My research uses a critical black feminist lens to consider how a variety of African American cultural texts address evolving questions of racial subjectivity, sexual politics, and class in the United States. My first book, Private Lives, Proper Relations: Regulating Black Intimacy (Minnesota, 2007), examined how African American writers articulate the political consequences of intimacy for the already-vulnerable black subject. In 2011, I guest edited a special issue of the journal African American Review on "Hip Hop and the Literary." My current project, "Bourgeois in the Flesh: Class, Sex, and the Vulnerable Racial Body" (under contract with the Univ of Minnesota Press), explores the dilemma of black middle-class embodiment in post-Civil Rights era African American fiction.
- Ph.D. Duke University; B.A. Spelman College
Distinctions / Awards
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2018
- Winner, William Sanders Scarborough Award for an Outstanding Scholarly Study of African American Literature or Culture, Modern Language Association, 2007
- Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, 2004-2005
- I regularly teach courses on contemporary African American literature and culture, black speculative fiction, and hip hop (as) narrative, as well as black women's writing and black feminist theory.
- Private Lives, Proper Relations: Regulating Black Intimacy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
- "‘A Kind of End to Blackness’: Reginald McKnight’s He Sleeps and the Body Politics of Race and Class." From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle Class Performances. Ed. Vershawn A. Young and Bridget H. Tsemo. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2011. 261-286.
- "New Bourgeoisie, Old Bodies: Performing Post-Civil Rights Black Privilege in Tar Baby and School Daze." Criticism 58.4 (2016): 621-645. 22 Dec. 2017. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/criticism/vol58/iss4/5/>.
- "Pure Black: Class, Color and Intraracial Politics in Toni Morrison’s Paradise." Modern Fiction Studies (Special Issue on Toni Morrison) 52.2 (2006): 270-296.
Special Issues of a Journal
- "Black Refusal, Black Magic: Reading African American Literature Now." What is Twenty-First-Century African American Literature?. Spec. iss. of American Literary History 29.4 (2017): 779-789. 23 Sep. 2017. <https://doi.org/10.1093/alh/ajx033>.
- "Introduction: ‘Reading’ Hip Hop Discourse in the 21st Century." Hip Hop and the Literary. Spec. iss. of African American Review 46.1 (2013): 1-8.