The Fragmented Fictions of Black Reconstruction

Benjamin Fagan

Auburn University

Benjamin Fagan is Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University, where he teaches courses in early African American literature. He has held fellowships from the Austrian Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as American Literary History, African American Review, American Periodicals, and Legacy. His first book, The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation, was named an Honorable Mention for the Research Society for American Periodicals’ Book Prize.


Benjamin Fagan’s, “The Fragmented Fictions of Black Reconstruction,” explores the relationship between serial fiction published in black newspapers and the genre of the fragment. Black newspapers represented the primary... [ view full abstract ]


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P27 » Serial Blackness: Seriality the Fragment and Nineteenth-Century African American Literary History (15:45 - Thursday, 22nd March, Fiesta III-IV)

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