“Erasure, Overlay, Manipulation: James Baldwin’s Queer Dwellings”

October 25, 2016

Magda Zaborowska is a professor in the Departments of American Culture and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching fields include literary and cultural studies approaches to intersections of social space and transatlantic discourses on race, nationality, sexuality, and gender; African American literature; immigrant ethnicities, feminist, and critical race theory; and post-totalitarian East-Central Europe.  She has taught and been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon, Furman University, Tulane University, Aarhus University in Denmark, University of Italy in Cagliari (Sardinia), and Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier in France. Among her published works are the MLA award-winning James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile; How We Found America: Reading Gender through East European Immigrant Narratives; and the edited and coedited collections Other Americans, Other Americas: The Politics and Poetics of Multiculturalism; The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality, and National Identity in American Literature; and Over the Wall/After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures in the East-West Gaze. Current book projects include “Me and My House: James Baldwin and Black Domesticity” and “Racing Borderlands,” a monograph on the proliferation of American notions of race and sexuality in post–Cold War Eastern Europe.