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Dr. Michael Antonucci

American Studies/American Studies
Parker Hall 110 • M/S 1402

Michael Antonucci teaches courses in the English Department and American Studies Program. His training in African American literature and culture serves as the foundation for his research on Space, Place and Race in United States.

Education: AB, Brown University; MA & PhD, Emory University

Professional Interests: African American Studies; American Studies; American nationalism; race ritual & race representation in the United States and American contexts.

Grants, Fellowships & Institutes: American Studies Association Community Partnership Grant, 2011-12 Leslie Institute for the Humanities, Summer Fellowship, Dartmouth College, 2011, Future of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, 2011.

Recent Professional Work:

  • I Grew Up with Basketball, Frank J. Basloe. 1952. Greenberg Books. Reprint. Foreword by Michael A. Antonucci. University of Nebraska Press, 2012.
  • “La Migliore Parola: Foundations/Discussions” in Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture Eds. Dennis Barrone & Peter Covino. New York: CUNY/Bordighera Press, 2011.
  • “Review of A Home Elsewhere: Reading African American Classics in the Age of Obama (The W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures) by Robert Stepto. African American Review. 44.3(2012).
  • “Review ‘Till Death or Distance Do Us Part’ by of Frances Smith -Foster.” Callaloo 35.2 (2012)

Personal: Black music (including blues, jazz, soul and hip hop) American Sport (especially: Baseball, Basketball and Hockey).

Michael Antonucci’s training in African American literature and culture serves as the foundation for his research and teaching about of Space, Place and Race within the contexts of the United States.

Professor Antonucci's scholarship has appeared in African American Review, American Studies Journal, Arkansas Review, Callaloo, COIN, and Obsidian III, as well as in several edited volumes and anthologies.

His current research project, “A/Way Up South: Black Women, New England and Poetry” traces a set of literary conversations among Black women writers in New England that extend to the eighteenth-century and includes discussion of poetry by Lucy Terry Prince and Phillis Wheatley. This project finds an important point of intersection with his recent consideration of contemporary African American poet Michael S. Harper, “Taproot of MichaelTree (Black Poetry and New England 1746-Present).”

Other recent research projects include a recovery of Frank J. Basloe's I Grew Up with Basketball published by University of Nebraska Press, in 2012.

During academic year 2013-2014 Professor Antonucci will be on sabbatical.

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