Kimberly Blockett

Associate Professor, English
Office Phone: 610-892-1376
Office Location: Main Building, 212 J

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Kimberly Blockett received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her research interests include African trans-Atlantic studies, 19th century African American literary and religious studies; archival studies; American women’s literature; and cultural studies

At Penn State Brandywine, Dr. Blockett enjoys teaching literary theory, African American literature, American studies, and civic and community engagement courses. She recently completed research fellowships with the Smithsonian Institute and the Ford Foundation to work on her book in progress, Race, Religion, and Rebellion in the 1800s . She is also working on an edited volume on 19th century evangelist, Zilpha Elaw.

A Philadelphia resident since 1999, Dr. Blockett enjoys exploring the city and surrounding areas and feels very privileged to live in a place so rich in American and African American history.

Recent Publications

"Disrupting Print: Emigration, the Press, and Narrative Subjectivity in the British Preaching and Writing of Zilpha Elaw, 1840-1860s." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Forthcoming Fall 2015.

“Writing Freedom: Race, Religion, and Revolution, 1820-1840.” Cambridge History of African American Literature . Eds. Maryemma Graham and Jerry Ward. New York: Cambridge UP, 2011.

“Telling Tales in Dust Tracks on a Road: Zora Neale Hurston’s Portrait of an Artist.” Approaches to Teaching Zora Neale Hurston (co-authored with Nellie McKay). New York: MLA, 2009.

“’The Nellie Tree,’ Or, Disbanding the Wheatley Court.” (Guest Editor with Gregory Rutledge) African American Review 40:1. (2006)

“Moving Subjectivities in the Evangelical Narrative of Zilpha Elaw.” BMa: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review , special issue on Black travel writing, Spring 2004.