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Courtney Thorsson

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-1473
  • Office: 521 PLC
  • Office Hours: on leave 2016-17
  • Affiliated Departments: Ethnic Studies, Women's And Gender Studies
  • Curriculum Vitae

More About Courtney Thorsson


I teach, research, and write about African American Literature from its beginnings to the present.


"Foodways in Contemporary African American Poetry: Harryette Mullen and Evie Shockley." Contemporary Literature. 57.2 (Summer 2016): 184-215.

Co-author, "Black Women's Food Work as Critical Space." Gastronomica 15.4 (Winter 2015): 34-49.

"Gwendolyn Brooks's Black Aesthetic of the Domestic," MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 40.1 (2015): 149-76.

"James Baldwin and Black Women's Fiction." African American Review 46.4. (2013): 615-31.

Women's Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women's Novels (Virginia 2013).

“Why Now?: Recent Writings on Black Power and the Black Panther Party.” Callaloo 32.2 (Spring 2009): 670-75.

Review of Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food & Power by Psyche Williams-Forson, Atlantic Studies 5.1 (April 2008): 146-148.

“Dancing Up A Nation: Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow.” Callaloo 30.2 (Summer 2007): 644-52.


ENG 106 Introduction to Poetry
ENG 241 Introduction to African American Literature
ENG 316 African American Women's Novels
ENG 360 African American Writers 1870-1920
ENG 391 19th Century American Novel
ES 399 The Harlem Renaissance
HC 424 Contemporary African American Women's Novels
ENG 498/598 Contemporary African American Women’s Novels
ENG 468/568 Contemporary Black Fiction
ENG 660 African American Foodways
ENG 660 Contemporary Black Fiction


Tanisha Ford talk "Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul," April 2016.

"Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson," March 2015. Listen to the conversation and watch the UO Today interview with James Peterson.

Screening of documentary Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights and discussion with filmmaker Nevline Nnaji, April 2014.

"Racial Representations: African American Literature Since 1975" symposium, April 2013.

"Place and Displacement in African American Literature" symposium, March 2012.

Mat Johnson reading and interview, May 2011.