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Jennifer E. Henton

Associate Professor of English


Degrees

PHD, 2001, Univ Delaware; MA, 1992, West Chester Univ PA; BA, 1990, Bloomsburg Univ


Bio

Jennifer Henton researches and publishes primarily in the area of 20th-century African American literature and psychoanalysis. Her work considers how black literary aesthetics are intrinsically psychoanalytical and attuned to the introspective workings of subjectivity. She has written about the theoretical frameworks of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan to better understand the complexity of such works as Toni Morrison’s Sula, Octavia Butler’s Kindred, Gayle Jones’ Corregidora, and Jean Toomer’s Cane. She is currently working on a manuscript that considers the synchronic nature of black literature and psychoanalysis in such texts as Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker.

Professor Henton teaches various areas within the black Diaspora, early and modern American literature, and literary theory. Her courses taught include ante-bellum and post-bellum African American literature, black cinema, black literature and psychoanalysis, queer black literature, black science fiction, literary theory, queer theory, women’s studies, early and modern American literature, African literature, and Caribbean literature. She welcomes the opportunity to create new courses that refresh student imagination by encouraging students to read texts beyond restrictive compartments of race, sex, gender, class, and national belonging.


Teaching Interests

African American literature, African literature, black cinema, Women's Studies, psychoanalysis.

Research Interests

Psychoanalysis and black literature. Theory. Popular culture. Film and film theory.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
ENGL 010 (LT) INTRO TO LITERARY STUDY Undergraduate
ENGL 014F (LT) BLACKNESS IN SCI FI Undergraduate
ENGL 070 (LT) CONSTRUCTING AMERICAN LIT Undergraduate
ENGL 080 (LT) GLOBAL ANGLOPHONE LIT Undergraduate
ENGL 141 (LT) AFR AM LIT:HARLEM REM&AFT Undergraduate
ENGL 145A (LT) AMER FICTN 1900-1950 Undergraduate
ENGL 168 (CC) CARIBBEAN EXP IN LIT Undergraduate
ENGL 198E (LT)SL PARKS: BLK WMNS WRITERS Undergraduate
ENGL 291K TONI MORRISON & BLK WMN WRTRS Graduate
HUHC 014 (LT) C & E SPRING HUMANITIES Undergraduate
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