Emily Lutenski, 2019–2020

Modern Lovers: Margery Latimer, Jean Toomer, and Race in American Culture

Fellows’ Fellowship, 2019-20

Associate Professor of American Studies, Saint Louis University

Emily Lutenski

Emily Lutenski is an associate professor in American Studies at Saint Louis University, where her teaching and research focus on critical ethnic studies and gender studies. She is the author of West of Harlem: African American Writers and the Borderlands (University Press of Kansas, 2015), which was a finalist for the Weber-Clements Prize for Best Nonfiction Book on Southwestern America. At the National Humanities Center, Emily will work on her next book, Modern Lovers: Margery Latimer, Jean Toomer, and Race in American Culture, which explores the lives, relationships, and writing of two American authors, the scandal that erupted over their interracial marriage, and their efforts, along with other American intellectuals, to confront and undermine Jim Crow racism in the United States.

Selected Publications

West of Harlem: African American Writers and the Borderlands

  • Lutenski, Emily. “Miscegenation Aesthetics: Marriage, Maternity, and Modernism in the Life and Work of Margery Latimer.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 38, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 105-30.
  • Lutenski, Emily. West of Harlem: African American Writers and the Borderlands. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2015.
  • Lutenski, Emily. “Tribes of Men: John Joseph Mathews and Indian Internationalism.” SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures 24, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 39-64.
  • Lutenski, Emily. “Locating the Modern Mexican in Josefina Niggli’s Step Down, Elder Brother.” Western American Literature 45, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 5-29.
  • Lutenski, Emily. “‘A Small Man in Big Spaces’: The New Negro, the Mestizo, and Jean Toomer’s Southwestern Writing.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 33, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 11-32.
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