Lycoming College English professor presents paper at conference

Andrew Leiter, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Lycoming College, attended the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference: Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas in July in Oxford, Miss.

He organized the panel, “Revisioning Miscegenation and Trauma in Faulkner and the African American South,” and presented his paper, “Miscegenation and Progression: The First Americans of Jean Toomer and William Faulkner.”

The conference gathered writers, teachers and literary scholars for five days of lectures and discussions exploring the relationships between Faulkner’s oeuvre and a hemispheric corpus of black writing, with a particular emphasis on African-American literature and intellectual production from slave narrative to the contemporary era.

Leiter, who also is chair of the English department and co-director of the American Studies Program, is the author of essays on Erskine Caldwell and Flannery O’Connor as well as “In the Shadow of the Black Beast: African American Masculinity in the Harlem and Southern Renaissances.”

He earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.