Intellectual Trajectories: Robert Stepto (English, African American Studies, and American Studies)

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Monday, February 7, 2022 - 4:00pm
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New Haven, CT 06520
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Robert Stepto is the John M. Schiff Professor Emeritus of English at Yale. He has been a member of the Yale faculty in English, African American Studies, and American Studies since 1974. His principal fields are American and African American autobiography, fiction, poetry, and visual arts since 1840. His publications include A Home Elsewhere: Reading African American Classics in the Age of ObamaBlue as the Lake: A Personal Geography, and From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative. His editing projects include (with Jennifer Greeson) the Norton Critical Edition of Charles Chesnutt’s Conjure Stories, (with Michael Harper) Chant of Saints: Afro-American Literature, Art, and Scholarship, (with Dexter Fisher) Afro-American Literature: The Reconstruction of Instruction, and (with Donald McQuade, Robert Atwan, Martha Banta, Justin Kaplan, and David Minter) The Harper American Literature anthologies. He has been an editorial board member at American LiteratureAmerican Quarterly, and Callaloo, and serves on the national council of The American Writers Museum. For thirty-two summers, he has taught at the Bread Loaf School of English, where he has been the Robert Frost Professor of English and an interim director of the School. Among his recent honors are invitations to deliver W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard, an Abernathy Lecture (Middlebury College), and a Peters Rushton Lecture (University of Virginia). At Yale, he has contributed to the conferences on “Middle Passage, John Brown, African American History and Memory,” and “Embodied: Black Identities in American Art.” In the Department of African American Studies at Yale, he has served as chair (2005–2008), an early DUS (1974–77), and the first DGS (1978–81). In 2015, he was honored at Yale’s festschrift conference “Bringing Unknown Patterns into View: The Critical Vision of Robert B. Stepto,” celebrating his retirement and forty years at Yale.

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Intellectual Trajectories