Professor Kimberly J. Banks - English

Name:Kimberly J. Banks

Ph.D., English; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2001
M.A., English; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 1998
B.A., English; University of Maryland, College Park, 1994

Advanced Expository Writing
American Literature, Civil War to the Present
English Composition I
English Composition II: Introduction to Literature
Popular Culture
Reading and Writing about Place: Geography, Travel, & Identity
Reading and Writing Autobiography

Research Interests:
African diasporic literature, film & culture; Harlem Renaissance; performance theory; 20th century American literature; critical multicultural pedagogy

Recent Publications:
Cheryl A. Wall, co-author, “Polyvocality and Performance in Mules and Men,” Approaches to Teaching Their Eyes Were Watching God and Other Works by Zora Neale Hurston. Ed. John Lowe. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009: 131-146.

“Gender Performance in Not Without Laughter: The Case of Sandy’s Emergent Masculinity.” Montage of a Dream: Essays on the Life and Art of Langston Hughes. Ed. John Edgar Tidwell and Cheryl R. Ragar. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2007: 86-105.

“‘Like a violin for the wind to play’: Lyrical Representations of Lynching in Short Stories by Langston Hughes, W. E. B. DuBois, and Jean Toomer.” Rpt. in Short Story Criticism Vol. 90 (SSC-90). Ed. Larry Trudeau. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Company, 2006: 220-30.

“Healing Oblivious or Meaningless Ferocity: Jessie Fauset as Editor and Writer.” Kindred Hands: Letters on Writing by Women Authors, 1860-1920. Eds. Jennifer Cognard-Black and Elizabeth MacLeod Walls. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2006: 217-234.

Recent Presentations:
“Reframing Haiti: Hurston and Dunham’s Post-Occupation Representations.” American Comparative Literature Association conference. New Orleans, LA.  April 1-4, 2010.

“The Geography of Articulation: Claude McKay’s Banana Bottom.” Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) Conference. Bridgetown, Barbados. October 9-12, 2007.

Recent Activities:
Curator, “Composing Queens” local writing gallery,, established December 2009. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) writing gallery website,, established October 2009.