Serial Undergrounds

Derrick Spires

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Derrick R. Spires is Assistant Professor of English and Criticism and Interpretative Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His book, Black Theories of Citizenship in the Early United States (1787-1861), analyzes the development of U.S. citizenship through the early African American print archive, and is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press.  He is co-editor with Houston A. Baker, Jr., of the Penguin Enriched eBook of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (2009), and his work on black state conventions appears in Early African American Print Culture in Theory and in Practice (Pennsylvania, 2012). 


Derrick Spires’s “Serial Undergrounds” uses seriality as a heuristic for historical interpretation and for thinking about how writers such as Harper, Mary Shadd Cary, William Steward, and William Still framed their work... [ 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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