Cedric Gael Bryant

Lee Family Professor of English

Box 5266

Phone: 207-859-5266
Fax: 207-859-5252
Mailing Address:
5266 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852
Bryant, Cedric Gael

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

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
EN120T ALanguage, Thought, and Writing: Why Write, Why Read?
EN346 ACulture and Literature of the American South
EN352 AHang and Rattle: The West in the American Imaginary
EN493Q ASeminar: American Gothicism in the Neo-Slave Narrative Tradition

Professional Information

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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