Cedric Gael Bryant
Lee Family Professor of English
Areas of Expertise
- 19th- and 20th-century American literature
- African-American poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction
- Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Southern Regionalism
- Politics of Race and Gender, Diversity and Multiculturalism
- Gothic Discourse; Migration Narrative
Cedric Gael Bryant specializes in American Literature, particularly African American Literature and Southern Cultural Studies. Teaching is an unapologetic passion and inextricably bound up with his scholarship, which has been published in The Mississippi Quarterly; The Southern Review; MELUS (The Journal of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States); The Oxford Companion to African American Literature; Blackwell's Encyclopedia of 20th Century Fiction; the MLA’s Teaching Approaches to William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying; and African American Review. In 2006, Cedric received African American Review’s “Joe Weixlmann Award for The Year’s Best Essay in 20th-Century African American Literature” in 2006 for “’The Soul Has Bandaged Moments’: Reading the African American Gothic in Wright’s ‘Big Boy Leaves Home,’ Morrison’s Beloved, and Gomez’s The Gilda Stories.” In 1994, he received the "Senior Class Outstanding Teaching Award" (aka, "The Charles W. Bassett Teaching Award"). And in 1996, he was named the Carnegie Center for the Advancement of Teaching "Professor of the Year" for the state of Maine.
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