Emily Lutenski (NHC Fellow, 2019–20)

Project Title

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

Saint Louis University

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Emily Lutenski

Fellowship Work Summary, 2019–20

Emily Lutenski focused her time at the Center on her book Modern Lovers: Margery Latimer, Jean Toomer, and Race in American Culture. After reconceptualizing the book’s organization and securing additional research materials necessary to expand the manuscript to eight chapters, she wrote a polished introduction and first chapter and drafted significant portions of five other chapters. She also completed the final version of an essay, “Arna Bontemps and Black Literary Archives in the 1930s,” for inclusion in African American Literature in Transition, 1930-1940, edited by Eve Dunbar and Ayesha Hardison. This is under contract as part of Cambridge University Press’s African American Literature in Transition series, edited by Joycelyn Moody.