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Claire Garcia


Claire is a Black Feminist scholar whose research and teaching focuses on women writers throughout the Americas and Europe. Her recent presentations focus on both anglophone and francophone women 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. She 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” was published recently in Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International. She serves as the secretary for the oldest Black Studies association in Europe, the Collegium for African American Research.  As a Black Studies scholar, she believes in bringing her research to communities outside of the academy, 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