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Emily Lordi

Associate Professor

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W341 South College

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2009
M.A., Columbia University, 2003
B.A., Vassar College, 2001

Emily J. Lordi writes and teaches about African American literature and black popular music. She is the author of two books—Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature and Donny Hathaway Live—and is currently writing a book about soul. In addition to scholarly articles on topics ranging from literary modernism to Beyoncé, she has published cultural criticism on such sites as The Atlantic, Slate, The Root, The Fader, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. For more information, please see this site.

On leave Fall 2017

Research Areas

  • 20th Century and Contemporary Literature
  • African, African American, & African Diaspora
  • American Literature, Drama and Performance




Book Chapters & Bibliographic Work:

  • “Keyword: Soul,” Keywords in African American Studies, ed. R. Ferguson, E. Edwards, J. Ogbar, forthcoming 2018
  • “Black Radio,” in Are You Entertained? New Essays on Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century, ed. S. Drake and D. Simmons, forthcoming 2017
  • “Post-Soul Aesthetics,” Oxford Bibliographies Online, 2017
  • “Blues and Jazz Modernisms,” in The Cambridge Companion to the American Modernist Novel, ed. Joshua L. Miller (2015)

Selected Public Scholarship:

Academic Book Reviews:

  • Review of Women’s Work, by Courtney Thorsson (2013), NOVEL 49.1 (2016)
  • Review of Writing the Black Revolutionary Diva (2010), by Kimberly N. Brown & The Black Female Body in American Literature and Art (2012), by Caroline A. Brown, American Literature 86.3 (2014)
  • Review of The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin (2010), ed. Randall Kenan, African American Review 46.4 (2013)

Courses Recently Taught

  • African American Music and Literature (Graduate 891 & 491AK)
  • James Baldwin (Graduate, 891AU)
  • James Baldwin and Toni Morrison (Graduate 891BT)
  • African American Literature, 1980-Present (371)
  • Black Memoir (300)
  • American Fiction (376)
  • American Literature and Culture after 1865 (Honors 269)
  • Contemporary Black Women Writers (WGSS 395W, Engl 491BE)
  • Twentieth-Century American Literature (374)