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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

W.E.B. Du Bois Department

James E. Smethurst, Professor

310 New Africa House
545-2751
jsmethur@afroam.umass.edu

Office Hours:  On-leave for Fall/Spring 2014-2015

 

Brief Bio
James Smethurst received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard University in 1996. He is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Smethurst is the author of The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946 (Oxford University Press, 1999), The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s (University of North Carolina Press, 2005), and The African American Roots of Modernism: Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). He is also the co-editor of Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism and Twentieth-Century Literature of the United States (University of North Carolina Press, 2003) and Radicalism in the South since Reconstruction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). His scholarly interests include African American literature and culture; 20th-century poetry in English; 19th- and 20th-century American literature; ethnic studies; literary modernism; film, music and popular culture; literature of industrialization and urbanization; cultural history; intellectual history; and gender studies. He is currently working on a history of the Black Arts Movement in the South and is co-editing SOS?Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Reader with John Bracey and Sonia Sanchez.

 

Curriculum Vitae


Publications

The African American Roots of Modernism: Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance Renaissance
(Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2011)

 

 

 

Radicalism in the South since Reconstruction,

with Chris Green and Rachel Rubin, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

 

 

The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s

(Chapel Hill, Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2005)

 

 

Left of the Colore Line: Race, Radicalism and Twentieth-Century Literature of the United States

(Chapel Hill, Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2003)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946

(New York, Oxford University Press, 1999)