B.A. (McMaster), M.A. (Western), Ph.D. (McMaster)
CHN Rm 2118
519 253 3000 ext. 2295
pre-twentieth century American literature
African American literature
Asian American literature
African diasporic literature
RICHARD DOUGLASS-CHIN, B.A. (McMaster), M.A. (Western), Ph.D. (McMaster), specializes in American literature, especially pre-twentieth-century, and African American and Asian American writing. He has published articles in MELUS, FUSE, and Revista la Torre. His critical text, Preacher Woman Sings the Blues, investigates the literary connections between contemporary African American female authors and their eighteenth and nineteenth-century predecessors. He has also published poems and short stories in Rampike and several anthologies, and is experimenting with Arabic, West African, and Chinese poetic forms. His examination of the influence of Asian and African literary and philosophical traditions on American transcendentalism, modernism and postmodernism have taken him to South Africa, the Caribbean, and the Yale-China Institute of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been a featured speaker at Isaac Royall House and Slave quarters in Medford, Massachusetts, where he presented his ongoing and ground-breaking research on one of the first extant records of African American women’s experience in writing-- the 1783 petition of Belinda Royall to the Massachusetts Legislature. His short story “Blood Guitar,” about the integral influence of West African art on Picasso’s cubism and modernism in general, was published in The African American Review in 2015 and his article “Madness and Translation of the Bones in NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!” is forthcoming in the essay collection Madness in Black Women’s Diasporic Fictions: Aesthetics of Resistance (Palgrave Macmillain, eds. Caroline Brown and Johanna Garvey). In conjunction with the University of Windsor’s International Student Centre, and Turtle Island House Aboriginal Education Centre, he hosts the operation of The Alchemy Machine/ al-kimya الكيمياء 炼金术 रससिद्धि / ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖅ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᖅ ᓈᒻᒪᔪᐃᑦᑐᖅ -- a global poetry and prose performance initiative on campus. Other interests include cultural studies, imperialism and terror in American media and literature.