First Year Writing, African American Literature, American Literature, , Gwendolyn Brooks, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Carl Van Vechten, Richard Wright, Psychoanalysis


Dorothy Stringer is a scholar of African American and US literatures, with particular interests in Harlem Renaissance and midcentury literature and photography. She has taught First-Year Writing and English Literature at Temple since 2006.


Selected Publications

  • “Slavery and the Afrofuture in Samuel R. Delany's Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand.” “Speculating Futures,” special issue of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora 42.1-2 (Fall 2016): 204-217.
  • “Scripture, Psyche and Women in Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain.” Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International 5.2 (Fall 2016): 182-202.
  • “Nella Larsen.” Oxford Bibliographies Online–American Literature. Ed. Jackson R. Bryer and Paul Lauter. New York: Oxford University Press, Spring 2017.
  • “Passing and the State in Junot Diaz’s “Drown.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US 38.2 (Summer 2013): 111-126.
  • "Not Even Past": Race, Historical Trauma and Subjectivity in Faulkner, Larsen and Van Vechten. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010. Reviewed in Modernism/Modernity 17.4 (November 2010): 945-7.
  • “Psychology and Black Liberation in Richard Wright’s Black Power (1954).”  JML: Journal of Modern Literature 32.4 (Summer 2009): 105-124. Revised version in The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance, eds. Jane Anna Gordon and Cyrus Zirakzadeh.. University of Kentucky Press, 2018.

Courses Taught

  • African American Literature I (1749-1905) and II (1905-1976)
  • American Literature I (1600-1860) and II (1860-1976)
  • American Women: Visions and Revisions (Women’s Studies/American Studies upper-division literature course)
  • Analytical Reading and Writing (First-Year Writing course for the general population)
  • The Harlem Renaissance (Upper-division course for majors)
  • Honors Reading/Writing/Literature for ESL students (Intro lit course for students in the Honors program)
  • Introduction to Academic Discourse (First-Year Writing course for less-proficient writers; since 2007 I have specialized in teaching this course.)
  • Introduction to Academic Discourse for ESL Students
  • Representing Race/ Honors Representing Race (a General Education course; meets Studies in Race requirement)
  • Studies in American Modernism: Modernism and Photography (“capstone” course for graduating seniors)