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Elias Rodriques

2021 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Josephine Park, Salamishah Tillet
"Falling Out of History: Gender in Representations of Police Violence in Post-45 African-American Novels"

Assistant Professor of African American Literature, Sarah Lawrence College

My primary research interests include post-45 African-American Literature, Black Marxist writing, Black Feminism, and Critical Prison Studies. I focus especially on the economic and gendered discourses underlying depictions of police violence in the early Cold War era African-American novel and the representational dissonance with contemporaneous newspaper depictions of such violence. I recently reviewed Charles Lee's Ingenious Citizenship: Recrafting Democracy for Social Change for College Literature. My non-academic work can be found in The Guardian, The Nation, Bookforum, and other venues. My first novel is forthcoming from Norton and is available for pre-order here.

Courses Taught

fall 2018

spring 2017