Deborah E. McDowell
|Deborah E. McDowell|
|Awards||Honorary Doctorate, Purdue University, Helen Homans Gilbert Prize Lectureship, Harvard University|
|Alma mater||Purdue University|
|Thesis title||"Women on Women: The Black Woman Writer of the Harlem Renaissance--Jessie Fauset, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston"|
|Institutions||University of Virginia, Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies|
|Main interests||African-American Literature and Culture,Women's Literature|
Deborah E. McDowell (born 1951) is a scholar, author and member of the university of Virginia faculty since 1987 where she serves as Alice Griffin professor of Literary Studies. In 2008 professor McDowell was named director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, at the University of Virginia.
Mcdowell was born and raised in Bessemer, Alabama. She wrote about her childhood in her debut memoir Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin.
Academic and writing career
McDowell received a B.A. from Tuskegee University, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Purdue University. She has been on the faculty of the University of Virginia since 1987. She founded the African-American Women Writers Series at Beacon Press, and was its editor from 1985 to 1993. Deborah McDowell was featured in the documentary Unearthed and Understood.
- The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration (Carter G. Woodson Institute Series), co-editor with Claudrena N. Harold and Juan Battle (2013)
- Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin, Simon & Schuster/Scribners (1997) ISBN 0-684-81449-8
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass and Deborah E. McDowell. Oxford World's Classics (1999)
- The Changing Same: Black Women's Literature, Criticism, and Theory (1994)
- Four Girls at Cottage City (The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers) (1991)
- Plum Bun: A Novel Without A Moral (Black Women Writers Series), by Jessie Redmon Fauset and Deborah E. McDowell (1990)
- Slavery and the Literary Imagination (Selected Papers from the English Institute),by Deborah E. McDowell and Arnold Rampersad (1989)
- Leaving Pipe Shop page at the University of Virginia website
- Works by or about McDowell, Deborah E. 1951- in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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