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Name: Tim A. RyanPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionProfessor Ryan teaches at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationRyan grew up in the city of Bath, England, and received his bachelor’s degree in American Studies at the University of Reading. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he later served as a lecturer in writing and humanities. He has also taught literature and film courses in the American Studies program at King’s College in London. Professor Ryan joined the faculty at NIU in 2007 and is an Assistant Professor of 20th Century American Literature, African American Literature and Southern Studies.
- Calls and Responses: The American Novel of Slavery Since Gone With the Wind , Louisiana State University Press, 2008
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Calls and Responses: The American Novel of Slavery since Gone with the Wind (Southern Literary Studies)
ISBN: 0807133221 LSU Press. 2008
In this comprehensive, groundbreaking study, Tim A. Ryan explores how American novelists since World War I have imagined the institution of slavery and the experience of those involved in it. Complicating the common assumption that authentic black-authored fiction about slavery is starkly opposed to the traditional, racist fiction (and history) created by whites, Ryan suggests that discourses about American slavery are -- and have always been -- defined by connections rather than disjunctions. Ryan contends that African American writers didn't merely reject and move beyond traditional portrayals of the black past but rather actively engaged in a dynamic dialogue with white-authored versions of slavery and existing historiographical debates. The result is an ongoing cultural conversation that transcends both racial and disciplinary boundaries and is akin to the call-and-response style of African American gospel music.