Courtney Thorsson

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


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 468/568 Contemporary Black Fiction
ENG 479/579 Toni Morrison
ENG 498/598 Contemporary African American Women’s Novels
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.