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Kathleen Pfeiffer

544B O'Dowd Hall
(248) 370-2251

Professor & Department Chair
Ph.D. Brandeis University

Areas of study

American literature, African-American literature, the Harlem Renaissance, Biography



Brother Mine: The Correspondence of Jean Toomer and Waldo Frank, University of Illinois Press , 2010

“Introduction” to Waldo Frank’s Holiday, University of Illinois Press, 2003
Race Passing and American Individualism, University of Massachusetts Press, 2003

“Introduction” to Carl Van Vechten’s Nigger Heaven, University of Illinois Press, 2000


"Arna Bontemps" American Writers Supplement XXII  Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills: Cengage Gale, 2011.

"Waldo Frank,"  American Writers Supplement XX  Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills: Cengage Gale, 2010.

“Waldo Frank,”  The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction, ed. Justus Nieland and Patrick O'Donnell, London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

“Teaching Waldo Frank’s Holiday” in Teaching the Harlem Renaissance: Course Design and Classroom Strategies  ed. Michael Soto, Peter Lang, 2007.

Entries on “Edwin Arlington Robinson,” “Wallace Stevens,” and “Dorothy West” in The Encyclopedia of New England, Yale University Press, 2005.

Essay on “African American Literature” in The Encyclopedia of New England, Yale University Press (2005).

Essay on “White Novelists and the Harlem Renaissance” in Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, Routledge (2004).

Essay on “Nigger Heaven” in Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, Routledge (2004).

“The Limits of Identity in Jessie Fauset’s Plum Bun,” Legacy  (Spring 2001)  79-93.

“Individualism, Success, and American Identity in The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man,” African American Review (Fall 1996) 403-419.

“A Comment on ‘Crossing Lines’,” College English 55 (1993) 669-671.

"Summer and Its Critics' Discomfort.” Women's Studies 20.2 (1991) 141-152.

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