RaShell Smith-Spears

Charles A. Smith/University Communications


Associate Professor
Office: 407 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 601.979.5859
E-mail: rashell.smith-spears@jsums.edu






Ph.D., English, University of Missouri—Columbia
MFA, Creative Writing, University of Memphis
M.A., English, University of Memphis
B.A., English, Spelman College

Specialty Areas: 
African American Literature
Nineteenth Century American Literature
Courses Taught

Recent Classes Taught:
    •    Seminar on Black Authors
    •    Creative Writing Seminar
    •    American Literature after 1900

    •    Margaret Walker
    •    Richard Wright
    •    Black Authors
    •    The Novel
    •    World Literature
    •    Composition I & II

Research Interests:
Identity politics
Black romantic relationships
Popular Culture (Television and film)
Speculative Fiction & Afro-futurism

Selected Publications:
“Even Our Women are Warriors: The Black Woman as Warrior in LA Banks’ Vampire
Huntress Legend Series.”  Meeting Points.  Eds. Helen Chukwuma and Preselfannie McDaniels.  Trenton: African World Press, 2016.  Print.

“Everybody’s Mama Now: Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day as Discourse on the Black
Mother’s Identity.”  Black Motherhoods.  Ed. Karen Craddock. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2016.  Print.

“Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth Century America: A Review.”
 The Western Journal of Black Studies 36.4 (Winter 2012): 337-339.  Print.

“What Looks Like New: Cleage’s Narrative Call for Social Change.”  Pearl Cleage and
Free Womanhood:  Essays on her Prose Work.  Eds. Tikenya Foster-Singletary & Aisha Francis.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2012.  Print.

“Locating the Self: The Role of Place in Walker’s Jubilee and Mitchell’s Gone with the
Wind.”  POMPA.  (January 2011). Print.

Creative Publications:

“Born Again.”  Sycorax’s Daughters.  Eds. Kinitra Brooks, Linda D. Addison, and Susanna Morris.  San
 Francisco: Cedar Grove Publishing (February 2017).  Print.

“Vivify.” (writing as Cashmere S. Jackson.) Sex Objects.  Ed. Delilah Devlin. Berkley: Cleis
Press, 2016.  Web.

“Losing her Religion.”  Mississippi Noir.  Ed. Thomas Franklin. Brooklyn: Akashic Books, 2016.

“Robert Greenfield: Vampire Story.”  Black Magnolias: A Literary Journal 6.4 (Winter
 2012-2013): 88-96.  Print.

Faculty advisor, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
Departmental Search Committee
Seminar Series


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