Maurice O Wallace
  • Maurice O Wallace

  • Associate Professor, English
  • African & African American Studies
  • 304D Allen Building
  • Campus Box 90015
  • Phone: (919) 684-3939
  • Fax: (919) 684-4871
  • Homepage
  • Specialties

    • African American Literature
    • American Literature
    • Gender & Sexuality Studies
    • Modern to Contemporary
    • Novels
  • Research Summary

    African American Literature; 19th Century American Literature; Gender Studies; Visual Culture
  • Research Description

    A 1995 Duke PhD, Maurice Wallace has also taught at in the departments of English and African and Afro-American Studies at Yale University. He is a former member of the Yale Journal of Criticism editorial collective. Author of Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men's Literature and Culture, 1775-1995, his recent teachings and writings have turned to literature and visual culture, with particular emphases on autobiography, realism, and the visual technologies of race and gender. Presently, he is at work on two monographs: the first is a critical meditation on race, vocation, and exile in the life of James Baldwin; the second is a study on photography, masculinity and the African American Civil War soldier. He also co-editor with Shawn Michelle Smith of the collection Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity. His essays have appeared in American Literary History and Journal of African American History and several critical anthologies.
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • English Literature,
      • Duke University,
      • 1995
      • A.B.,
      • English Literature and African American Studies,
      • Washington University-St. Louis,
      • 1989
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Julian B. Abele Mentor of the Year,
      • Black Graduate and Professional Schools Association,
      • April, 2008
      • William Scarborough Award,
      • MLA,
      • December 2003
      • C. Eric Lincoln Award,
      • Iota Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Duke University,
      • 0 2002
      • John Hope Franklin Center Book Imprimature for Constructing the Black Masculine,
      • Duke University,
      • 0 2002
      • Honorable Mention, Knoll-Compton Award for Best Essay in Queer Studies,
      • MLA,
      • 0 1998
      • A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Grant,
      • Yale University,
      • 0 1997
      • Duke Society of Fellows,
      • Duke University Graduate School,
      • 0 1990
  • Recent Publications

      • with
      • Shawn Michelle Smith.
      • (2012).
      • Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity.
      • .
      • (2009).
      • Violence and Manhood in Douglass’s Civil War.
      • In Maurice Lee (Eds.),
      • The Cembridge Companion to Frederick Douglass
      • Cambridge University Press.
      • (Winter, 2008).
      • Print, Prosthesis, Impersonation: Toni Morrison’s Jazz and the Limits of American Literary History.
      • American Literary History
      • ,
      • 20
      • (4)
      • ,
      • 794-806.
      • (2008).
      • Riveted to the Wall: Covetous Fathers, Devoted Sons and the Patriarchal Pieties of Herman Melville and Frederick Dougass.
      • In Robert Levine and Samuel Otter (Eds.),
      • Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation
      • ,
      • (pp. 300-326).
      • University of North Carolina Press.
      • (2007).
      • Riveted to the Wall: Covetous Fathers, Devoted Sons, and the Patriarchal Pieties of Herman Melville and Frederick Douglass.
      • Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation
      • Robert Levine and Samuel Otter (Eds.),
      • University of North Carolina Press.
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  • PhD Students

    • Jonathon Howard
  • Teaching

    • ENGLISH 266.01
      • AFRICAN AMERICAN LIT
      • Soc/Psych 126
      • TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM