Eric Sundquist

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Eric Sundquist is an American scholar of the literature and culture of the United States.[1] Sundquist earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas (1974) and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University (1978). Sundquist is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and Chair of the English Department at Johns Hopkins. He is a former member of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of English where he was the UCLA Foundation Professor of Literature.[2]


Sundquist was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997 for contributions to his field.


Sundquist is a close personal friend of noted literary scholar and jazz musician Michael J. Colacurcio.


  • King's Dream: The Legacy of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech (2009)
  • Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America (2005)
  • To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature (1993), winner of the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association for best book published during the year, the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa for the best book in the humanities, and the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award.
  • The Hammers of Creation: Folk Culture in Modern African-American Fiction (1992)
  • Faulkner: The House Divided (1983)
  • Home as Found: Authority and Genealogy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (1978)


  1. ^ A New National Scripture
  2. ^ Eric Sundquist Curriculum Vitae from the JHU English Department website

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