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Douglas A. Jones, Jr.
Assistant Professor of English

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Douglas Jones studies eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American cultural and literary productions. His 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 cultures in the free antebellum north. The book argues that this proslavery imagination—embodied and enacted in broadside literature, early blackface minstrelsy, stagings of the American Revolution, reform melodrama, and abolitionist discourse—directly opposed the inclusionary claims that African Americans expressed in their own performance practices and, therefore, conditioned how the course of black freedom unfolded in the period. He is currently at work on a new book-length study of Frederick Douglass, slave culture, American political theory, specifically Emersonian democratic individuality. His article, "Douglass' Impersonal" (ESQ 61.1; 2015), comes from this research. 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 (2015).

Other research and teachings interests include the relationship between embodiment and literary history; genre, especially melodrama; the cultural history of slavery; race and performance.

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
Books
  • 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 Publications
  • "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).
 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
  • 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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