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About swjones

Suzanne W. Jones is Professor of English and chair of the English Department at the University of Richmond. In the fall 2010 she taught an interdiscipliinary first-year seminar on "Americans in Paris."; in the spring 2013 she is teaching a seminar on "Literary New Orleans." Her articles on modern and contemporary literature have appeared in a number of journals and essay collections. She is the author of Race Mixing: Southern Fiction since the Sixties (2004) and the editor of three collections of essays -- Poverty and Progress in the U.S. South since 1920 with Mark Newman (2006), South to a New Place: Region, Literature, Culture with Sharon Monteith (2002) and Writing the Woman Artist: Essays on Poetics, Politics, and Portraiture (1991) -- and two collections of stories -- Crossing the Color Line: Readings in Black and White (2000) and Growing Up in the South (1991, 2003). Recently an essay on Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams from my Father, was published in the collection, The Obama Effect. Her most recent essay published in an online journal is "Imagining Jefferson and Hemings in Paris" (Transatlantica: Revue d’Études Américaines, 1 [2111]

Literary New Orleans from 1880 to the Present

Greetings from Literary New Orleans.  This site is part of a spring 2013 seminar taught by Professor Suzanne W. Jones at the University of Richmond on literature and film set in New Orleans, Louisiana. Americans have long been fascinated with … Continue reading

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Christine Wiltz’s Glass House: The Urban Spaces and Racial Enclaves of Contemporary New Orleans

by Suzanne W. Jones At the end of the twentieth century cities of the Northeast and Midwest had the highest levels of black-white residential segregation and racial isolation in the country; however, when segregation levels are measured at the block … Continue reading

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Interview with the Vampire and New Orleans in the Context of LIterary Vampires

by Nathan Snaza Interview with the Vampire (1976) is not the first major American vampire novel, but the two previous novels about vampires are steadfastly within a literary tradition from which Interview breaks in some important ways that forever change … Continue reading

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The Grandissimes and the Difficulty of Reconstructing New Orleans

by Suzanne W. Jones Just a few years after Nathaniel Hawthorne complained in the preface to The Marble Faun (1860), a novel set in Italy, about the difficulty of finding similar material in New England, George Washington Cable was finding just the … Continue reading

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