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JOHN EDGAR TIDWELL

Department of English 2115 East 26th Street

University of Kansas Lawrence, KS 66046

Lawrence, KS 66045-2115 (785) 331-4201 (home)

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EDUCATION
Participant, “African American Traditions: The Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance,” Penn State University, 9–13 June 1998, directed by Prof. Carl Blake

Participant, "African American Voices: Language, Literature, and Criticism in Vernacular Theory and Pedagogy," Penn State University, 21-25 June 1994, directed by Drs. Bernard Bell and William Harris

Visiting Fellow, Afro-American Studies, Yale University, 1985-1986

Ph.D., English, University of Minnesota, 1981. Diss. "Cultural Collaboration and Iconoclasm: The Literary and Cultural Criticism of Alain Locke and Sterling Brown"

(Auditor), NEH Summer Seminar, Atlanta University, 1979. "Alain Locke, The Harlem Renaissance, and Afro-American Culture," directed by Professor Richard A. Long

M.A., English, Creighton University, 1971

B.A., English, Washburn University, 1969

TEACHING EXPERIENCES
Associate Professor, English Department, University of Kansas, 1999 to present

Associate Professor (with tenure), English Department, Miami University, 1993 to 1999

Langston Hughes Visiting Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, University of Kansas, Spring Semester 1994

Visiting Scholar in English and in Ethnic Minority Studies, Kansas State University, 15-19 March 1993

Assistant Professor, English Department, Miami University, Fall 1987 to 1992

Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Kentucky, Spring 1981 to 1987 (on leave 1985-1986)

Visiting Instructor, Black Studies Program, Carleton College, Spring 1979 and Fall 1977

Teaching Associate II, Afro-American Studies Department, University of Minnesota, 1975-1978

Instructor, English Department, Saint Olaf College, 1973-1977 (on leave 1975-1977)

Lecturer, English Department, Creighton University, 1971-1973

Instructor, English Department and Black Studies Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1971-1973

Instructor, Upward Bound Program, Creighton University, Summers 1970 and 1971

Instructor, New Careers Program, Creighton University, 1970-1971

Instructor, English Department, Maur Hill Catholic College Preparatory School in Atchison, Kansas, 1968-1970



PUBLICATIONS
BOOKS:
(edited with an introduction), Livin' the Blues: Memoirs of a Black Journalist and Poet by Frank Marshall Davis. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.

(edited with an introduction), "The Collected Poems of Frank Marshall Davis." In production at University of Illinois Press.

(with Mark A. Sanders, edited with an introduction), "A Negro Looks at the South," by Sterling A. Brown (under consideration).

"Oh, Didn't He Ramble: A Life of Sterling A. Brown," under contract by the University of Illinois Press.


BOOK CHAPTERS AND EDITORIAL WORK:
“Fierce Listening: Sterling A. Brown, Benjamin A. Botkin and Folk-Say.” Under consideration for Proceedings of Benjamin A. Botkin Conference.

(editor and contributor), “Plateaus of Uncertainty: Symposia on Legacies and the Future of the Race.” My essay “Coming of Age in a Land of Uncertainty” and audience responses to it appear in Cottonwood 56 (Fall 2000): 43–59.

(with Robert Hemenway, Valdinia Winn, and Carmaletta M. Williams) “The Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance: A Symposium,” Cottonwood 57 (Spring 2001): 45–61.

(compiler and contributor), “The Future of the Race: A Symposium,” Kansas English 85.1 (Spring 2000): 69–82.

(compiler and, with Cheryl Lester, co-introducer), "Frank Marshall Davis and the Chicago Black Renaissance," special issue of The Langston Hughes Review 14. 1 & 2 (Spring / Fall 1996).

"The Critical Realism of Sterling A. Brown," in "The Critical Methods of Africa America," edited by R. Baxter Miller, forthcoming from the Modern Language Association, 2001.

"Exclusivity or Expansion: Canon Formation and the Black Literature Anthology," in "The Critical Methods of Africa America," edited by R. Baxter Miller, forthcoming from the Modern Language Association, 2001.

(contributing editor), "From Renaissance to Mid-Forties," African American Literature. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1992, pp. 379-451.

(contributing editor), "Sterling A. Brown," Heath Anthology of American Literature, 1st ed., vol. 2, edited by Paul Lauter, et al. Lexington, MA: DC Heath Publishers, 1990, pp. 1519-1521. Rpt. in 2nd ed., vol. 2, 1994, pp. 1656-71. Rev. and rpt. in 3rd ed., vol. 2, 1998, pp. 1655–70. See also my "Sterling A. Brown," in Instructor's Guide for the Heath Anthology of American Literature, ed. Judith A. Stanford. Lexington, MA: DC Heath Publishers, 1990, pp. 476-79. Rpt. in 2nd ed., edited by John Alberti, 1994, pp. 575-78. Rev. and rpt. in 3rd ed., edited by John Alberti, 1998, pp. 582–85.

(guest editor and contributor), "Oh, Didn't He Ramble: Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989)," special section of Black American Literature Forum 23.1 (1989): includes my introduction (p. 89) and my essay "Sterling A. Brown Remembered" (109-111).

CRITICAL ESSAYS, INTERVIEWS, AND BIBLIOGRAPHY:
“In Defense of African American Culture: Sterling A. Brown, Gunnar Myrdal, and An American Dilemma,” forthcoming in Contributions in Black Studies

“Coming of Age in a Land of Uncertainty,” Cottonwood 56 (Fall 2000): 43–59.

(with Theodore H. Genoways). “Two Lost Sonnets by Sterling A. Brown.” Callaloo, 21.4 (Fall 1998): 741–44.

"Double Conscious Brother in the Veil: Toward an Intellectual Biography of Sterling A. Brown." Callaloo, 21.4 (Fall 1998): 931–39.

(with John S. Wright). "Steady and Unaccusing: An Interview With Sterling A. Brown." Callaloo, 21.4 (Fall 1998): 811–21.

"Alternative Constructions to Black Arts Autobiography: Frank Marshall Davis and 1960s Counterculture." CLA Journal 41.2 (1997): 147–60.

"Two Writers Sharing: Sterling A. Brown, Robert Frost, and ‘In Divés's Dive.’" African American Review 13.3 (Fall 1997): 399–408.

"'I Was a Weaver of Jagged Words': Social Function in the Poetry of Frank Marshall Davis." The Langston Hughes Review 14. 1 & 2 (Spring/Fall 1996): 65–78.

"Brown, Sterling A.," "Davis, Frank Marshall," and "Slim Greer." Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Eds. William L. Andrews, et al. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. 104–106, 202–203, and 673 respectively.

"'The Summer of '46': Sterling A. Brown Among the Minnesotans," Black Heartland, 1.l (Spring 1996): 27-41.

"Ad Astra Per Aspera: [The Kansas Roots of] Frank Marshall Davis," Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, 18.4 (Winter 1995-1996): 270-82.

"Recasting Negro Life History: Sterling A. Brown and the Federal Writers' Project," The Langston Hughes Review 12.2 (Summer-Winter 1995): 77-82.

"Reliving the Blues: Frank Marshall Davis and the Crafting of a Self." Intro. to Livin' the Blues, by Frank Marshall Davis. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992, pp. xiii-xvii.

"The Art of Tall Tale in the Slim Greer Poems," Cottonwood Magazine 38/39 (Summer/Fall 1986): 170-176.

"Frank Marshall Davis." Afro-American Writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940. Vol. 51 of Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1987, 60-66.

"Interview With Frank Marshall Davis." Black American Literature Forum 19.3 (1985): 105-108. Rpt. in Black Literature Criticism. Detroit: Gale Research, Inc., 1992, 522-25.

(with John S. Wright). "Alain Locke: A Comprehensive Bibliography of His Published Writings." Callaloo Nos. 11-13 vol. 4 nos. 1-3 (1981): 175-92. Rpt. in Bulletin of Bibliography 19.2 (1985): 95-104.

(with John S. Wright). "Sterling Brown." Callaloo Nos. 14 &15 5.1-2 (1982): 13.

"Interview With Amiri Baraka." Minnesota Daily, 21 October 1980: 7.

"Ishmael Reed: Modern Mythmaker: An Essay and Interview." Minnesota Daily, 2 April 1979: 12-13.

"Language Arts From a Black Perspective." Outreach: Newsletter of Minnesota University's Afro-American Studies Department 2.1 (1976): 4-5.

"Teaching Minority Literatures: A Report." Minnesota English Journal 11.1 (1975): 14-16.

BOOK AND ESSAY REVIEWS:
The Florida Negro: A Federal Writers' Project Legacy, ed. Gary W. McDonogh, The Journal of American History, September 1994, pp. 780-81.

Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory, by Houston Baker, Jr. South Atlantic Review 52.3 (1987): 141-43.

The Sage in Harlem: H.L. Mencken and the Black Writers, by Charles Scruggs. Black American Literature Forum 20.3(1986): 341-44.

Arna Bontemps--Langston Hughes Letters: 1925-1967, ed. Charles Nichols. Minnesota Daily, 5 May 1980: 12. Rpt. as "Two Writers Sharing." Callaloo Nos. 11-13, vol. 4, nos. 1-3 (1981): 215-17.

When Harlem Was in Vogue, by David Levering Lewis. Minnesota Daily, 21-26 September 1981, sec. 2: 18.

"The Birth of a Black New Criticism." Rev. of Afro-American Literature: The Reconstruction of Instruction, eds. Dexter Fisher and Robert Stepto. Callaloo # 7, vol. 2, no. 3 (1979): 111-14.



The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown, by Sterling A. Brown. Minnesota Daily, 16-20 March 1981: 19, 27.

The Correspondence of W.E.B. DuBois, Vol. 3, ed. Herbert Aptheker. Minnesota Daily, 21 July 1980: 8. Rpt. as "A Long and Illustrious Career," in Callaloo Nos. 8-10, vol. 3, nos. 1-3 (1980): 221-24.

The Journey Back: Issues in Black Literature and Criticism, by Houston Baker, Jr. Minnesota Daily, 7 July 1980: 6.

Chant of Saints: A Gathering of Afro-American Literature, Art, and Scholarship, eds. Michael S. Harper and Robert Stepto and From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative, by Robert Stepto. Minnesota Daily, 7 April 1980: 9. Rpt. as "Afro-American Literature Reinterpreted," in Callaloo Nos. 8-10, vol. 3, nos. 1-3 (1980): 233-36.

Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka / LeRoi Jones, by Amiri Baraka. Minnesota Daily, 31 March 1980: 16.

Amiri Baraka / LeRoi Jones: A Quest for a "Populist Modernism," by Werner Sollors. Minnesota Daily, 11 February 1980: 9.

Yardbird Lives, ed. Ishmael Reed. Minnesota Daily, 29 January 1979: 15, 19.

Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography, by Robert Hemenway. Minnesota Daily, 30 May 1978: 12, 16.


HONORS AND AWARDS
Scholar-in-Residence, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, KS, February 17–19, 1999

Faculty Improvement Leave, Miami University, Fall 1997.

Alumni Fellows Program, Washburn University, October 22-24, 1994.

Alumni of Notable Achievement, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, selected June 1994.

Langston Hughes Visiting Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, University of Kansas, Spring Semester 1994.

Visiting Scholar in English and in Ethnic Minority Studies, Kansas State University, 15-19 March 1993.

NEH Summer Stipend, awarded March 1993.

Miami University, Grant for Research Graduate Assistant, for 1993-1994.

NEH Travel to Collections Grant, awarded December 1992.

Miami University, Assigned Research Appointment, Fall 1990.

Miami University, Summer Research Appointment, 1988.

NEH Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, 1985-1986.

NEH Summer Stipend, 1985 (refused).

NEH Travel to Collections Fellowship, awarded December 1983.

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Fall 1982.

University of Kentucky Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, 1981, 1982, and 1983.

National Fellowships Fund Award, 1978-1981 (for dissertation work).

Jessamine Allen Dissertation Fund Award, University of Minnesota, Fall 1980.

Putnam Dana McMillan Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Summer 1979.

American Lutheran Church Future Faculty Fellowship, 1975-1977.



PAPERS AT ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS
“Jazz in the Poetry of Frank Marshall Davis.” Invited paper presented in University of Kansas Multicultural Literary Institute, 18 July 2001.

“Sterling A. Brown and the Black Tradition in College Education.” Invited paper presented at President’s Investiture at Bowie State University, 10 May 2001.

“From ‘Folk-Say’ to ‘Living People Lore’: The Folkloric Relations of Benjamin A. Botkin and Sterling A. Brown,” University of Nebraska at Lincoln Symposium on B.A. Botkin, 2 February 2001.

[with Mark Sanders] “Fierce Listening: Sterling A. Brown and Southern Black Voices,” Modern Language Association, 28 December 2000. Re-presented at College Language Association, 19 April 2001.

[convener] “Redrawing the Boundaries of Black Literature and Culture” session, Modern Language Association. 29 December 1998.

"Double Conscious Brother in the Veil: Toward an Intellectual Biography of Sterling A. Brown," Sterling A. Brown Conference, Howard University, 14 February 1997.

[convener and commentator] "The Black Arts Movement, Recuperative Strategies, and The Man Who Cried I Am" session, Midwest Modern Language Association, November 1996

"A Message to Michael, In Appreciation," Celebrating Harper: A Conference and Festival in Honor of Michael S. Harper, October 24–27, 1996, Bowdoin College

[convener and commentator] "Frank Marshall Davis and the Chicago Black Renaissance" session, Midwest Modern Language Association, November 1994.

"Frank Marshall Davis and 1960s Counterculture." Paper presented at the Modern Language Association, 27 December 1993.

"Recovering a Lost Son: Frank Marshall Davis and his Livin' the Blues." Invited paper presented in Lecturers and Readers series at University of Kansas, 11 March 1993.

"'The Summer of '46': Sterling A. Brown Among the Minnesotans." Paper presented at Black Heartland Conference, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 23 March 1991.

"Recasting Negro Life History: Sterling A. Brown and the Federal Writers' Project." Paper presented at the Modern Language Association, 29 December 1989.

"Racial Art or Race Relations: The Challenge of Teaching Black Literature." Invited paper presented in the Kentucky Humanities Summer Seminar at Centre College, 25 June 1987.

"Black Literary Criticism and the Changing Shape of Commitment." Invited Paper delivered at Vassar College, 6 February 1986.

"Sterling A. Brown's Negro Caravan: A Consideration." Invited paper presented at Wesleyan University, 19 November 1985.

"The Critical Realism of Sterling A. Brown." Invited paper presented in the Critical Theory Forum at University of Louisville, 15 February 1985.

"Taking Poetry to the People." Paper delivered at Association of Departments of English (ADE) meeting, 14 July 1984.

"Sterling Brown: Editor on Negro Affairs." Paper delivered at Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, 22 October 1982.

"Sterling Brown: Patron Saint of Literary Criticism." Paper delivered at Brown University, 30 April 1981.



PUBLIC LECTURES
“Against the Odds: Writers Growing Up Black in Kansas.” Lecture for the Speakers’ Bureau of the Kansas Humanities Council, 2000–2001.

“Plateaus of Uncertainty: Symposia on Legacies and the Future of the Race.” Series of Presentations as Scholar-in-Residence, Johnson County Community College. 17–19 February 1999

“Sterling A. Brown, His Life and Achievements.” Invited Presentation, Library of Congress. 24 October 1998.

"Double Conscious Brother in the Veil." Lecture, Miami University English Department Faculty Seminar Series, 25 March 1997.

"Weaving Jagged Words: Frank Marshall Davis and the Writing of Self-History." Invited Lecture, The Center for Biographical Research, 17 July 1996, University of Hawaii.

"Vision and Revisions: The Changing Shape of the Harlem Renaissance." Lecture, Miami University Art Museum Series, 22 February 1995.

"Social Function in the Poetry of Frank Marshall Davis." The Annual Langston Hughes Lecture, 2 March 1994, at the University of Kansas.

"Recovering Kansas' Lost Son: Frank Marshall Davis and his Livin' the Blues." Lecture, University of Kansas Medical Center, 28 April 1994.

"Recovering a Lost Son: Frank Marshall Davis and his Livin' the Blues." Lecture, Wichita State University, 22 April 1994.

"An Evening of Livin' the Blues." A Reading and Lecture, Terre Nova Bookstore, Lawrence, KS, 20 April 1994.

"Frank Marshall Davis, Ad Astra Per Aspera." Invited Kansas Day lecture, Washburn University of Topeka, 27 January 1994.

"The Critical Realism of Sterling A. Brown." Peale Gallery Library series, University of Kentucky, 6 February 1987.

"A Short History of Black Poetry," four lectures in Taking Poetry to the People series, co-sponsored by University of Kentucky English Department and city of Lexington, KY, Spring 1984.

"Making the World a Better Place." Keynote Address at First Independence, Kansas, Black Homecoming, 2 July 1983.


ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
Director, American Minority Studies, St. Olaf College, 1973-1974

Acting Chairman, Black Studies Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1972-1973

Director, Atchison Neighborhood Center, Atchison, KS, 1969-1970

CONSULTANT ACTIVITIES
Resident Scholar, "Crossing Boundaries/Making Connections: African American and American Culture," Kansas Humanities Council, Spring 1996

Reviewer, Reference Materials Program, Division of Research Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, November 1994

Panelist, Literature, Languages, and Humanities Committee, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships Program, National Research Council, March 1995 and March 1996

Manuscript Reviewer, African American Review, 1994– present; Callaloo, 1997

Editorial Consultant, Prentice-Hall Publishing Company, 1998

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Modern Language Association

Midwest Modern Language Association



College Language Association

The Langston Hughes Society
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