Elleza Kelley

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Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2021

M.A., Columbia University, 2016

B.A., Wesleyan University, 2012

I am interested in art, space, and black aesthetics. I specialize in African American literature, with an emphasis on black geographies and radical spatial practice in the United States. My current research traces how black spatial knowledge and practice appear in literature and art, particularly through experimentations with form, genre and media. My book project looks at practices of inscription and mark-making as modes of spatial production, representation, and reinvention. The project contends that black geographies both demand and usher forth specific and unconventional methods and reading practices. As such, my work is also concerned with methodology—how we read, how we engage with archives, and how we do literary study. I have published work on Toni Morrison’s theories of place and geography, which is the subject of my next project. My writing can be found in The New Inquiry, Cabinet Magazine, and elsewhere. This Spring I will teach a First-Year Seminar on black historical fiction.

Selected Publications:

“Follow the Tree Flowers”: Fugitive Mapping in Beloved, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography (2020)