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I. Augustus Durham

Assistant Professor

Augustus Durham

Carman Hall 302
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B.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.A., Ph.D., Duke University


I. Augustus Durham is an assistant professor of English at Lehman College, CUNY, whose research focuses on black study from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. His current book project interrogates how melancholy catalyzes performances of genius; in so doing, he employs psychoanalysis and affect theory to chronicle the relationship between the black feminine/maternal and her “son” through the politics of abstraction in the black American literary and aesthetic canon. His work has been published in Black Camera: An International Film Journal, Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, and Journal of Religion and Health; and he recently contributed an essay on the film Moonlight to an edited collection on the work of Tarell Alvin McCraney. Prior to this appointment, Durham was the President's Postdoctoral Fellow in English at the University of Maryland, College Park.