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Anna Flood

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608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

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By Appointment
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate Research Assistant


I am a native of Washington state, and eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Fisk University, a small historically Black liberal arts institution. While at Fisk, I was presented with the opportunity to become a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and this program is what inspired me to now pursue the MA/PhD. 

Research Interests

African American Literature, African American Studies, Graphic Novels, Gothic Studies Critical Black Studies, Autoethnography 


Research Description

My dissertation project investigates operations of the Afro Gothic in speculative graphic novels that wrestle with slavery and its afterlives. I aim to articulate further ways that literature confronts history’s unresolved hauntings. Equally important, I investigate a reinvention of the past by reimagining engagement with history and regenerating the future through history. First articulating the Afro Gothic, I will additionally establish the Graphic Gothic in these texts as a specific visual form that portrays the violent realities of enslavement and encompasses vast space for imagined potentials of Black futurity. For the purposes of this project, I will define the Graphic Gothic as the visual employment of darkness and obscurity to affectively entice readers. Consequently, I explicate the notion that the Afro-Gothic is a critical language with sufficient emotional depth to untangle the horrors of slavery identifiable in these narratives. Plainly put, the Afro Gothic is the process and strategy that takes indirect or allegorical approaches to reckoning with slavery and its afterlives. The Afro Gothic can be illuminated as a method through which our inner defenses and mental barricades surrounding this dark history of slavery might be broken down. It is the aesthetic form of our collective mourning. Conjoining this with the Graphic Gothic establishes a new way to consider literary portrayals of history.


Master of Arts, English
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2021)

Bachelor of Arts, English and Women and Gender Studies
Fisk University (2019)

Awards and Honors

Humanities Research Institute Fellow
Aspire Fellow at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Summer PreDoctoral Fellow at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
UNCF Mellon Mays Fellow at Fisk University

Courses Taught

Rhetoric 105
American Literature 

Additional Campus Affiliations

Writing Consultant in the Writer's Workshop

Graduate Hourly in the DEI Unit, Graduate College

Graduate Assistant in the English Graduate Studies Office