Isabel Kalous is a PhD researcher in American Studies at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany). Her research focuses on African American literature, travel writing, cultural memory and slavery.

Memory as Superpower in Ta-Nehisi Coates’s The Water Dancer

Acclaimed author and essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates remarked in an interview that “much of the country’s history is premised on forgetting, not remembering certain things.” [i] His statement refers to the repression of the slave past and its erasure from American narratives of freedom and progress. In his debut novel, The Water… Continue reading