Energy in Charles Chesnutt's "A Virginia Chicken"

Sarah Wagner-McCoy

Reed College

Sarah Wagner-McCoy, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities, Reed College, received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, M.A. from University College Dublin, and B.A. from Columbia University. She is the co-editor of The Complete Short Stories of Charles Chesnutt, the first two volumes of the forthcoming scholarly edition from Oxford University Press. The NEH and the Graves Award in the Humanities have supported her archival work on Chesnutt. Her book in progress, Eden Scams: Transatlantic Pastoral and the Realist Novel, builds on her doctoral work at Harvard, which received the Helen Choate Bell Dissertation Prize.


This paper connects Chesnutt’s representation of food rations with the local history of Fayetteville, NC, where competition over resources hardened racial divisions. Published the same month as Chesnutt’s first conjure... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Sarah Wagner-McCoy (Reed College)

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P26 » Roundtable: C19 Energy Humanities (15:45 - Thursday, 22nd March, Fiesta I-II)

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