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Claire Garcia

Professor, Director of Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies

Claire was lead editor of the collection, From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Narratives of Black Life. She is continuing her work on race, modernism, gender, citizenship and the Black Atlantic. Her essay, “No one, I’m sure, is ever homesick in Paris: Jessie Fauset’s French Imaginary” was published in Paris, Capital of the Black Atlantic (Jeremy Braddock and Jonathan Eburne, editors˜Johns Hopkins 2013). Her article, “‘On Being Young— A Woman — and Coloured’ in Paris and Tangiers: A Geocritical Approach to Mapping Anita Thompson Dickinson Reynolds’ Modernism” is forthcoming in Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International. Her article, “Black Women Writers, Modernism, and Paris,” was published in a special edition of The International Journal of Francophone Studies, Last year, her paper on black women students in Paris was selected as one of a dozen chose from over seventy submissions for presentation at the Black Paris Seminar at the American Comparative Literature Association conference. She has presented papers at the Collegium for African American research in Liverpool and Paris and the Afro-Modernisms 1 and 2 Conferences in Liverpool. Her recent presentations focus on both anglophone and francophone feminist writers such as the Nardal sisters of Martinique, Harlem Renaissance luminary Jessie Fauset, and the adventurer Anita Thompson Dickinson Reynolds. Her research has taken her to archives and libraries in Aix-en-Provence, Paris, Washington, D.C., Martinique, New Haven, London, and New York. Thanks to generous grants from Feminist and Gender Studies and the English Department, Claire finished up her research in Martinique in May. She spent much of the summer in Paris working in the Senate Archives and the BnF and writing. Claire hasn’t completely abandoned her identity as a scholar of Henry James. She contributed a chapter called, “Citizens of Babylon: Henry James’s Modern Parisian Women” to the volume Henry James’s Europe: Heritage and Transfers (Open University Press 2011). Claire has also become interested in more contemporary issues of class, race, and gender. A conference paper, “Black Bourgeois Women’s Narratives in the Post-Reagan, ‘Post-Civil Rights’, ‘Post-Feminist’ Era” is now a chapter in From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances (Wayne State University Press 2010). Claire continues to assemble an anthology of Jessie Fauset’s work with Fauset scholar Carolyn Wedin.  She does a lot of presentations on her research at other colleges and universities in the area, and has done several keynote speeches around the state on issues relating to education, race, gender, ethnic studies, and citizenship.


Read Professor Garcia's article in The Feminist Wire.

Read Professor Garcia's blog about her research in Martinique.




Regular Classes

American Realism
19th Century American Women Writers
Literature of the New Woman Era
American Novel 1915-1950
Edith Wharton Seminar
Henry James Seminar
Ralph Ellison Seminar
Introduction to Critical Theory
20th Century Women Novelists
19th Century African American Literature
Harlem Renaissance (both on campus and in New York City)
Narratives of Liberation
African American Women Writers
Gender and Modernism 


    Ph.D. English Literature, University of Denver 1991
    B.A. Philosophy and Literature, Bennington College 1978