Darryl Dickson-Carr




Office Location

DH 260




Ph.D., English, University of California, Santa Barbara

Professor Dickson-Carr teaches courses in 20th-century American literature, African American literature, and satire. His research focuses primarily upon the “New  Negro” or Harlem Renaissance and African American satirical works of the 20th and 21st centuries. His current research focuses upon the African American rhetorical tradition from the antebellum period to the present.

Areas of research

  • Satire
  • The New Negro or Harlem Renaissance
  • African American rhetoric

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2009 Spirit of Innovation Award, Dedman College
  • The Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, 2006

Selected Publications

  • “Second Thoughts: On Larry Howe’s ‘George S. Schuyler’s “Shafts and Darts”: The Messenger Years, 1923-1924.’” Studies in American Humor 6:2.

  • “The Two Gentlemen of Harlem: Wallace Thurman’s Infants of the Spring, Richard Bruce Nugent’s Gentleman Jigger, and Intellectual Property.” Editing the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Joshua Murray and Ross Tangedal. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press, 2021.

  • “Making Wit, Irony, and Satire the Foundations of American Literature.” MLA Options for Satire. Ed. Evan Davis and Nicholas Nace. New York: Modern Language Association, 2019.

  • "Black Literature Matters; or Making It New.”American Literary History 29:4 (Winter 2017).
  •  “From Pilloried to Post-Soul: The Future of African American Satire.” Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights, ed. Derek C. Maus and James J. Donoghue. University of Mississippi Press, 2014.
  • "African Americans and the Making of Modernity.” American Literary History (ALH), Fall 2013.
  • “The Historical Burden that Only Oprah Can Bear’: African American Satirists and the State of the Literature.” Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon, ed. Shirley Moody and Lovalerie King. Indiana University Press, 2013.
  • “Waiting for Olódùmarè: Ishmael Reed and the Recovery of Yoruba.” Literary Expressions of African Spirituality. Ed. Elizabeth West and Carol Marsh-Lockett. Lexington Books, 2013.
  • “African American Literature and the Great Depression.” The Cambridge History of African American Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.


  • Spoofing the Modern: Satire in the Harlem Renaissance. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2015.
  • The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.
  • African American Satire: The Sacredly Profane Novel. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2001.


Courses taught

  • African American Literature: Re-Creating the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Modern and Contemporary American Literature: Postmodern American Literature.
  • African American Literature: African American Satire
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