|Craig-Lee Hall (CL) 263|
Academic BackgroundB.A. Georgia State University;
M.A., Ph.D. University of Illinois
I have degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta and from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.A. and Ph.D.). At Illinois, I was not a student in the English department. I was in Comparative Literature, a field that emphasizes the intersections and correspondences (collisions and connections) amongst texts from multiple cultural and linguistic traditions. I have been a member of the faculty at RIC since 1994.
Here at RIC, my teaching has focused mainly (but not exclusively) on the course in African American literature (ENGL 326) and on the Non-Western literatures (ENGL 336). I have published novelist Charles Johnson, Nigerian dramatist Wole Soyinka, filmmaker Marlon Riggs, Harlem Renaissance figures Wallace Thurman and Zora Neale Hurston, poet Aime Cesaire and sorcerer Wilson Harris. Right now, I’m working on an oral history project based on interview with black gay men in Rhode Island.
Lately, too, I find that I’m interested in what you might call two extra-linguistic aspects of literature: movement and laughter. The first is interesting to me in terms of dance (in particular) and examining its narrative and anti-narrative possibilities. I wonder what looking at gesture and movement might contribute to understanding how we read and what becomes of our reading experiences. The second, laughter, is more about trying to celebrate comic modes of writing and reading. Of course, there is a great tradition of comedy, and there is the recent explosion in stand-up comedy as an art-form. I wonder how laughter’s subversive and curative properties feed into a neglected vein in African American literary traditions. Three people I would invite to dinner: Euripides, Roger Federer, and Audre Lorde.
Courses TaughtAFAM 200 Perspectives Afr/Afr-Amer Cultures
AFAM 410 Seminar-Comparative Race Relations
ENGL 150 Topics
ENGL 161 Western Literature
ENGL 163 Intro To Non Western Cultures
ENGL 326 Studies in Afro-American Literature
ENGL 336 Non-Western Literatures
ENGL 390 Directed Study
ENGL 523 Topics-Ethnic Am/Afr Amer Literature
ENGL 524 Topics In Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 591 Directed Reading
HONR 161 Seminar in Western Literature
HONR 163 Seminar in Non-Western Cultures