St John's College Oxford

Professor Lloyd Pratt

Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature

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Biography

I taught at Harvard, Yale and Michigan State University before coming to Oxford, where I am also a member of the Executive Committee of the Rothermere American Institute.

My teaching and postgraduate research supervision areas are: American Literature, African American Literature, Literatures of the American South, The Novel, Theory and Criticism, Gender and Sexuality, History of the Book, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literatures in English.

Research Interests

My research interests span American Literature, African American Literature, Literatures of the American South, The Novel, Theory and Criticism, Gender and Sexuality, History of the Book and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literatures in English. My 2016 work 'The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature' examined how various nineteenth-century African American writers radically reframed the terms of humanism by redefining what it meant to be a stranger. I am currently at work on three books: a study of reading in Emerson's America, a series of essays on locality in the American South, and a popular historical account of an early twentieth-century woman reader in the American South.