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Mary Grace Albanese

Assistant Professor

English, General Literature and Rhetoric

Background

Professor Albanese's work centers on transnational approaches to the Americas in the long 19th-century. Her book project, Prophetic Power: Haiti, the United States and Black Women's Spiritual Labor, reveals how African American women, including Marie Laveau, Sojourner Truth, Maria Stewart, and Pauline Hopkins drew on Afro-Caribbean spiritual energies to reclaim their right to their own bodies, minds, and kinship structures.

Albanese is also working on a project that re-evaluates methodological approaches to Haitian literatures of the 19th-century, expanding the archive to include vodou song, urban maps, and oral histories, among other practices. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in American Literature, American Literary History, Callaloo, Critical Inquiry, ESQ, and SX: Salon, among other venues.

Education

  • PhD, MPhil, MA, Columbia University

Research Interests

  • Literatures of the Americas
  • The Haitian Revolution
  • Archival Theory

Teaching Interests

  • American Literature to 1920
  • Revolutionary Ecologies
  • All American Zombies