Lawrence Jackson, Professor

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Ph.D., Stanford University


The Indignant Generation

Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius

Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Jackson is professor of African American Studies and English at Emory University. He is the author of the 2012 historical memoir My Father's Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War (trailer).  In 2010 Professor Jackson completed The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 (trailer) the winner of four national awards, including the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association prize for non-fiction. He is the author of the 2002 biography Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius and he publishes essays and creative non-fiction in N+1, American Literary History, Antioch Review, New England Quarterly, and Black Renaissance Noire

Professor Jackson earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1997 and is the recipient of fellowships from the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Ford Foundation, and the National Humanities Center.  Currently he is writing a biography of Chester Himes, scheduled for publication in 2015.

Selected Publications:

  • "Slickheads." N+1  Fall 2012.
  • "The Ledger," N+1 Summer 2012. 43-62.
  •  " `Saying Things on Paper That Should Never Be Written': Publishing Chester Himes at Doubleday." American Literary History Summer 2011. 283-310.
  • "Christmas in Baltimore City, 2009." N+1 Fall 2011. 15-24.
  •  "Literary Protest and the Demise of a Social Scientist: Horace Cayton in the 1940s."  Black Renaissance Noir. Spring 2011. 122-137.
  • "The Beginnings of Slavery."  Antioch Review Spring 2008. 302-313.
  • "To Danville."  New England Quarterly Winter 2007. 150-167.
  • (Honorable mention, Best American Essays 2008)
  •  "African American Literature: Foundational Scholarship, Criticism and Theory." Cambridge Companion to African American Literature Eds. Jerry Ward and Maryemma Graham. New York: Cambridge UP, 2010. 1366-1419.
  • "The Will." Southern Quarterly Summer 2009. 57-87.
  •  "The Irredeemable Promise: J. Saunders Redding and Negro New Liberalism." American Literary History Fall 2007. 712-744.