Nafissa D Thompson-Spires
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
- African-American Studies 302
Specializations / Research Interest(s)
- Creative Writing: Fiction
- Television Studies: Youth Culture and Sitcoms
- 20th Century American Literature
In my fiction, I consider what it means to be a (black)subject in an era of alleged postracialism, particularly when gender,technology, and disability intersect with racial identity.
In my research, I examine how television series--especially youth series--circulate internationally and come to define cultural aesthetics, approaches to multiculturalism, and models of didacticism.
- PhD in English--Vanderbilt University
- MFA in Creative Writing--University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Distinctions / Awards
- Winner, 2014 Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award in Short Fiction
- Honorable Mention, 2013 Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award in Short Fiction
- Heads of the Colored People (forthcoming). . New York: Atria/ 37 Ink, 2018.
- "Belles-Lettres." Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal . 2017. 75-88.
- "Fatima the Biloquist: A Transformation Story." Lunch Ticket. 2016.
- "Heads of the Colored People: Four Fancy Sketches, Two Chalk Outlines, and No Apology." Story Quarterly. 2016.
- "Whisper to a Scream." East Bay Review. 2015. <http://theeastbayreview.com/whisper-to-a-scream-by-nafissa-thompson-spires/>.
- "The Body's Defenses Against Itself ." Compose. 2015. <http://composejournal.com/articles/the-bodys-defenses-against-itself/>.
- "This Todd." Blinders Literary Journal. 2015.
- "Food-Related Flashes." The Feminist Wire. 2011.
- "Tolerated, But Not Preferred: Troubling The Unconscious Of Televisual Multiculturalism." American Review of Canadian Studies 41.3 (2011): 293-307.
- "As Canadian as… Possible under the Circumstances: Canadian Youth Television in the United States ." FLOWTV. 13 Nov. 2009.
- "Degrassi’s Always Greener on the Other Side: Canadian Television, U.S. Handling.." FLOWTV. 2 Dec. 2009.