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Christopher Freeburg

Presidential Humanities and Social Sciences University Endowed Chair, Professor

Research Interests

American and African American Literature; The Idea of Black Culture; The American Novel after 1850; Slavery in the Atlantic World; Media Aesthetics

Education

University of Chicago, Ph.D. 2006

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, English
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Work in Progress

The Book of Black Culture is nearly finished and will be published by Yale University Press. This book tells the story of how enslaved Africans and their descendants transformed America’s infamous failure into the greatest moral occasion of modern Western life.

I've begun writing a new book called Freedom Acts. Freedom Acts reimagines the problem of objectification across African American literature.

Highlighted Publications

Freeburg, C. C. (2021). Counterlife: Slavery after Resistance and Social Death. Duke University Press. https://doi.org/10.1215/9781478012962

Freeburg, C. C. (2017). Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life. University of Virginia Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1v2xttp

Freeburg, C. (2012). Melville and the Idea of Blackness: Race and Imperialism in Nineteenth Century America. (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139135344

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Recent Publications

Freeburg, C. C. (2021). Counterlife: Slavery after Resistance and Social Death. Duke University Press. https://doi.org/10.1215/9781478012962

Freeburg, C. (2019). Pip and the Sounds of Blackness in Moby-Dick. In C. Marrs (Ed.), The New Melville Studies (pp. 42-52). (Twenty-First-Century Critical Revisions). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108646383.004

Freeburg, C. C. (2017). Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life. University of Virginia Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1v2xttp

Freeburg, C. C. (2016). Review: M. Awkward's Philadephia Freedoms: Black American Trauma, Memory, and Culture after King. ALH Online Review, Series V.

Freeburg, C. C. (2015). Baldwin and the Occasion of Love. In M. Elam (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin (pp. 180-193). (Cambridge Companions to Literature). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CCO9781107337725.013

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