Soyica Diggs Colbert
Associate Professor of English
My research interests include black drama, literature, performance, culture, and women’s and gender studies and span the 19th–21st centuries, from Harriet Tubman to Beyoncé. Cambridge University press published my first book, The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance and the Stage, in 2011, and I’m currently working on a second book project, Black Movements: Performance, Politics, and Migration.
The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance, and the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
“Black Leadership at the Crossroads: Unfixing Martin Luther King, Jr. in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop .” South Atlantic Quarterly . 112.2 (March 2013), forthcoming.
“Drama in the Harlem Renaissance.” In Harvey Young, ed. The Cambridge Companion to African American Drama . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Dec. 2012, forthcoming.
“‘When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead’: the Future of the Human in Suzan Lori Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World .” boundary 2 . 39.3 (fall 2012): 191-220, forthcoming.
“On Tradition.” African American Review . 44.4 (June 2012): 575-578.
“‘If We Must Die’: Violence as History Lesson in Seven Guitars and King Hedley II ,” in August Wilson: Completing the Cycle. A. Nadel (ed.), (2010) 97-109.
“A Pedagogical Approach to Understanding Rioting as Revolutionary Action in Alice Childress’s ‘Wine in the Wilderness’,” Theatre Topics , 19:1 (2009) 77-85.
Works in progress
Black Movements: Performance, Politics, and Migration
Fame: Harlem Renaissance Celebrity