Keith Clark

Keith Clark

Keith Clark



Keith Clark is Professor of English and African and African American Studies. He earned a B.A. from the College of William and Mary (1985) and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1993). He is the author of Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines and August Wilson (2002) and editor of Contemporary Black Men's Fiction and Drama (2001), both published by the University of Illinois Press. His latest book, The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry, was published in Spring 2013 by the Louisiana State University Press.  His critical and pedagogical essays and book reviews have appeared in Callaloo, African American Review, The Oxford Companion to African American Literature, Resources for American Literary Study, American Writers V, and Modern Drama.  His teaching interests include masculinity/sexuality studies, the black bildungsroman, and the African American short story.  In addition to his academic interests, he is involved in several community service projects related to mentoring, tutoring, and hospice.

Selected Publications

Navigating the Fiction of Ernest J. Gaines: A Roadmap for Readers, Louisiana State UP, 2020.

The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry, Louisiana State UP, 2013.

Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines, and August Wilson. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2002.

(ed.) Contemporary Black Men's Fiction and Drama. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2001.

“‘A Mighty Queer Place: Textual and Sexual Dis-Ease in Ann Petry’s Country Place,” African American Review (Summer 2016): 93-110

  • Honorable Mention (2nd place) in African American Review’s Weixlmann Prize Category
  • Nominated, 1921 Prize in American Literature, MLA’s American Literature Association

Review of Randall Kenan (ed.), The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings by James Baldwin, Resources for American Literary Study, 35 (September 2012): 714-17

"Que(e)rying the Prison-House of Black Male Desire: Homosociality in Ernest Gaines' 'Three Men.'"  African American Review (Summer 2006) 239-55.

"Are we Family? Pedagogy and the Race for Queerness." Black Queer StudiesA Critical Anthology. Ed. E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2005. 266-75

"From a Thousand Different Points of View':The Multiple Masculinities of Ann Petry's 'Miss Muriel'".  Ann Petry's Short Fiction:Critical Essays. Ed. Hazel Arnett Ervin and Hilary Holladay. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004. 79-96. 

(co-ed., with Stephanie Brown). "Black Literary Masculinities." Special section of Callaloo 26.3 (Summer 2003).

Courses Taught

ENGL 360: Contemporary African American Drama

ENGL 363: The African American Short Story

ENGL 369: Twentieth-Century African American Women Writers

ENGL 371: Twentieth-Century African American Literature to 1946

ENGL 372: Contemporary African American Literature

ENGL 660: African American Male Writers

ENGL 661: Advanced Survey of African American Literature