African American Review

A publication of Johns Hopkins University Press

African American Review is a scholarly aggregation of insightful essays on African American literature, theatre, film, the visual arts, and culture; interviews; poetry; fiction; and book reviews. Published quarterly, AAR has featured renowned writers and cultural critics including Trudier Harris, Arnold Rampersad, Hortense Spillers, Amiri Baraka, Cyrus Cassells, Rita Dove, Charles Johnson, Cheryl Wall, and Toni Morrison. The official publication of LLC African American of the Modern Language Association, AAR fosters a vigorous conversation among writers and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Editorial Board

Nathan L. Grant, Editor
Aileen M. Keenan, Managing Editor
Paul Devlin, Book Review Editor

Executive Board

Associate & Advisory Editors

Associate Editors

Houston A. Baker, Jr.
Keith Byerman
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Executive Board

(term 2018-2020)

Rich Blint
Barbara Clare Foley
Eric Gardner
Alan Nadel
Howard Rambsy II
Rebecca Wanzo

Member Advisors

William L. Andrews Michele Elam Ketu Katrak Sandra Richards
Michael Awkward Frances Smith Foster David Krasner Terry Rowden
Herman Beavers Robert E. Fox Missy D. Kubitschek Valerie A. Smith
Bernard W. Bell Donald B. Gibson Deborah E. McDowell Miriam Thaggert
Joanne M. Braxton William Gleason Reginald McKnight Cheryl A. Wall
Robert James Butler Farah Jasmine Griffin E. Ethelbert Miller Jerry W. Ward, Jr.
John F. Callahan William J. Harris R. Baxter Miller Joe Weixlmann
Daryl Dance James V. Hatch Joycelyn Moody Richard Yarborough
Thadious M. Davis Karla F. C. Holloway Sterling Plumpp
Alice Deck Dolan Hubbard Sw. Anand Prahlad
Manthia Diawara Abdul JanMohamed Arnold Rampersad



African American Review is published each Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter by Johns Hopkins University Press. Individual and institutional subscriptions are available.

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Authors must submit all manuscripts electronically via Manuscript FastTrack. AAR is open for submissions from
15 September to 15 May.
Please review our guidelines carefully.

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