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CharlOz 2024!

CharlOz 2024!
   January 13, 2023

CharlOz's three-day interdisciplinary festival (September 27-29, 2024) explores how L. Frank Baum's fairy tale timelessly reflects American values with its vast array of characters. Even as the Oz theme inspires new interpretations, it remains relevant, celebrating all representations of non-traditional characters. 

As Oz magic continues far beyond Baum's lifetime, we benefit from...

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Professor Janaka Lewis publishes new book on Black girlhood and liberation

   November 17, 2022

Dr. Janaka Lewis' most recent book, Light and Legacies: Stories of Black Girlhood and Liberation, is forthcoming from The University of South Carolina Press. The publisher describes the book as follows: Lewis "examines Black girlhood in American literature from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The representation of Black girlhood in contemporary literature has long remained...

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New book by Professor Clayton Tarr

   November 1, 2022

Dr. Clayton Tarr’s new book, Personation Plots, is the first full-length study of identity fraud in Victorian sensation fiction, such as in the works of Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and Charles Dickens. The book “demonstrates a comprehensive grounding in nineteenth-century conceptions of identity, the self, and subjectivity, to say nothing of the requisite historical...

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