Michael A. Chaney

Associate Professor of English
Vice Chair of the English Department

I specialize in 19th-century American and African American literature and culture, with a focus on race representation, mixed-race identity, and the interrelationship of literature and visual culture. Other research and teaching interests include graphic novels, autobiography, and critical race studies of historical and contemporary genre fiction.

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Teaching 2014-2015:

(Fall ’14)  English 52.03 Dave the Potter: Between Pots and Poems at the 10A hour and English 30 Early Black American Literature at the 2A

(Spring '15) English 53 The Graphic Novel at the 2A

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07A Sanborn
HB 6032
African and African American Studies
B.A. Miami University
Ph.D. Indiana University

Selected Publications

Fugitive Vision: Slave Image and Black Identity in Antebellum Narrative (2008).

(Ed) Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels (2011).

"Dave the Potter and the Churn of Time." Michigan Quarterly Review (Winter 2014): 1-6.

Keeping Pictures, Keeping House: Harriet and Louisa Jacobs, Fanny Fern, and the Unverifiable History of Seeing the Mulatta.” ESQ 59.2 (2013): 263-290.

“Slave Memory Without Words in Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner.” Callaloo 36.2 (2013): 279-297.

“Not Just a Theme: Transnationalism and Form in Visual Narratives of US Slavery.” In Comics at the Crossroads: Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives, eds. Christina Meyer, Shane Denson, and Daniel Stein: New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. 15-32.

“Mulatta Obscura: Camera Tactics and Linda Brent.” In Pictures and Progress, eds. Maurice O. Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012. 109-31. 

“The Concatenate Poetics of Slavery and the Articulate Material of Dave the Potter.” African American Review 44.4 (2011): 607-18.

“Animal Subjects of the Graphic Novel.” College Literature 38.3 (2011): 129-149. 

"E.E. Cummings's Tom: A Ballet and Uncle Tom's Doll-Dance of Modernism." Journal of Modern Literature 34:2 (2011) 22-44.

“Terrors of the Mirror and the Mise en Abyme of Graphic Novel Autobiography,” College Literature 38:3 (2011) 21-44.

“‘Heartfelt Thanks to Punch for the Picture’: Frederick Douglass and the Transnational Jokework of Slave Caricature,” American Literature 82:1 (2010) 57-90.

“Drawing on History in Recent African American Graphic Novels,” MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 32:3 (2007) 175-200.

“International Contexts of the Negro Renaissance.” In Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, ed. George Hutchinson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 41-54.

“Slave Cyborgs and the Black Infovirus: Ishmael Reed’s Cybernetic Aesthetics,” Modern Fiction Studies 49:2 (2003) 261-283.

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Works in progress

(Editor) ‘I Wonder Where Is All My Relation’: Diaspora, Materiality, and the Poetics of Dave the Potter (under contract with Oxford University Press)

Reading Lessons in Seeing: Form and Trope in the Graphic Novel

Near White: Community, Race, and Visibility in American Literature