PAULA C. BARNES, coeditor of this volume, is an associate professor of English at Hampton University. Her articles, mostly on African American female authors, have appeared in reference works, such as Black Women in American: An Historical Encyclopedia; The Oxford Companion to African American Literature; Critical Survey of Long Fiction: Second Revised Edition; African American Authors, 1745–1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook; African American Autobiographers: A Sourcebook; and in Arms Akimbo: Africana Women in Contemporary Literature.
ANNE CARROLL is an associate professor in the English Department at Wichita State University, where she teaches American and African American literature and film. She is the author of Word, Image, and the New Negro: Representation and Identity in the Harlem Renaissance (2005), as well as essays in Public Culture, American Literature, College Literature, Soundings, The Centennial Review, and In Process. She is an associate editor of and contributor to The Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2004).
JOHN CHARLES, an assistant professor, teaches African American, American, and Postcolonial literature at Central Michigan University. He is currently working on a study of the rise of the post-World War II African American “white-life” novel.
NICHOLAS M. EVANS has been a visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His essays have appeared in the Minnesota Review, The Library Chronicle of the University of Texas, and ATQ, and his book, Writing Jazz: Race, Nationalism, and Modern Culture in the 1920s, explores the cultural and literary significance of early jazz. He is now a technical writer and editor.
GRANVILLE GANTER is an assistant professor of English at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. His research concerns