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Douglas A. Jones, Jr.
Assistant Professor of English

36 Union Street | Room 101
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Office Hours: On Leave Fall 2016

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Douglas Jones studies eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literary and cultural productions as well as the history of slavery in American culture. His first book, The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North (Michigan 2014), charts the ways proslavery thought shaped the development of several performance and literary practices in the free antebellum north. He is currently at work on a new book-length study of Frederick Douglass, slave culture, and American political theory (specifically Emerson and democratic individuality). His articles and essays have appeared in Early American Literature, ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, TDR: The Drama Review, and Theatre Survey, among others. Jones has also published in a variety of edited collections, including The Psychic Hold of Slavery: Legacies in American Expressive Culture (2016). At Rutgers English, he is faculty director of the Certificate in Drama and Performance Studies.

A past fellow of the Princeton Society of Fellows, Professor Jones is also on faculty at the Bread Loaf School of English. At Bread Loaf, he has held the Frank and Eleanor Griffiths Chair.

Education Areas of Specialization

PhD, Stanford
BFA, New York University

Early American and antebellum literature and culture; African American literature; the cultural history of slavery; drama and performance; post-black aesthetics
  • The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North (Michigan, 2014)
  • Co-editor, with Harry J. Elam, Jr., The Methuen Drama Book of Post-Black Plays (Methuen/Bloomsbury, 2012)
Other Recent Publications
  • “Disturb the Hive,” Theatre Survey (2016)
  • “The Fruit of Abolition: Discontinuity and Difference in Terrance Hayes’ ‘The Avocado’” in The Psychic Hold of Slavery: Legacies in American Expressive Culture (2016)
  •  “Slavery’s Performance-Texts” in The Cambridge Companion to Slavery in American Literature (2016)
  • "Douglass' Impersonal," ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 61.1 (2015)
  • "Early Black American Writing and the Making of a Literature," Early American Literature 49.2 (Summer 2014)
  • "Black Politics but not Black People: Rethinking the Social and 'Racial' History of Early Minstrelsy," TDR/The Drama Review: 57.2 (Summer 2013)
  • “Slavery, Performance, and the Design of African American Theatre” in The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre (2012)
 Undergraduate Courses Taught  Graduate Course Taught
  • Slavery and American Culture: Seminar
  • Uncle Tom and Anti-Toms: Seminar
  • Black American Literature to 1910
  • Introduction to Performance Theory
  • Staging America from the Colonial Period to the Civil War
  • The Literature of Black New York from Slavery to the Great Migration
  • Twentieth-Century American Drama
  • Civilization and its Discontents
  • Form, Genre, and Period in Early African American Writing
  • Emerson and Douglass
Awards and Distinctions
  • Winner of the inaugural Josè Esteban Muñoz Working Session, American Society for Theatre Research (2016)
  • Frank and Eleanor Griffiths Chair, Bread Loaf School of English (2015)
  • Cotsen Fellow, Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, 2011-2013, Princeton University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012 (Declined), Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
  • Wendell Cole Memorial Award for Distinguished Dissertation, Stanford University

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