English Works: Exploring an "Impossible Mourning"

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Alumnus Jermaine Singleton illuminates African American melancholy and resistance in the face of continuing oppression  

Hamline University Associate Professor Jermaine Singleton (PhD 2005) prepares his students for “21st-century multiculture” by encouraging them to practice those core English skills, critical and creative thinking, even—or most especially—within “areas that cause people the most trepidation.” He himself investigates the continuing effects of racial oppression in his compelling new work Cultural Melancholy: Readings of Race, Impossible Mourning, and African American Ritual (University of Illinois). In the book as in the classroom, Singleton aims to unsettle false binaries and other calcified ways of thinking. “It’s all about preparing students to engage, collaborate, and lead across the manifold differences that beset our world,” he says.

Read the full story on the CLA Department of English website.


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