Matthew is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at the University Of Hull. His primary research focus is Activism and Identity in the Contemporary American Novel.

Book Review: We Are An African People by Russell Rickford

In We are an African People, historian Russell Rickford attempts and succeeds to define an era within African American culture where new models of pedagogy and identity were being explored by African Americans. Rickford researches the establishment and ultimate redundancy of Pan African, Afrocentric schools within the USA during the period post-Civil Rights era; where the ‘freedoms’ of African Americans were celebrated, and a ‘post racial’ ideology set. There were many, within the African American community, grappling with their racial identity and equality in a system that was underwritten by the White majority. Continue reading

Event Review: PG and ECR BAAS 2019: Communicating the United States

Eccles Centre at the British Library, London

December, in London, awash with city folks and sightseers ready to be enthralled at the spectacle of the Christmas lights and Oxford Circus. Near St Pancreas lies a library which holds the largest collection of American Literature outside of the United States. Here in the Eccles Centre for American Studies was the British Association of American Studies Post Graduate conference of 2019. Continue reading