John Claborn

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Contact Information

208 English
608 S. Wright
608 S Wright
M/C 718
Urbana, IL 61801
Senior Lecturer

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 101: Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 104: Introduction to Film
  • RHET 105: Writing and Research
  • RHET 105: Writing and Research


selected publications


  • ""W. E. B. Du Bois at the Grand Canyon: Double Consciousness and National Parks in _Darkwater_"." The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism. Ed. Greg Garrard. Oxford UP, 2014.



  • "Toward an Eco-ontology: A Response to Greg Garrard’s ‘Heidegger Nazism Ecocriticism'." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (2011):
  • "Who Set You Feelin'? Harlem, Communal Affect, and the Great Migration Narrative in James Baldwin's 'Sonny's Blues'." English Language Notes 48.1 (2010): 89-100.
  • "From Black Marxism to Industrial Ecosystem: Racial and Ecological Crisis in William Attaway's Blood on the Forge." Modern Fiction Studies 55.3 (2009): 566-595.


  • "Affective Fallacy." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Critical and Cultural Theory. New York: Blackwell, 2011.


  • Rev. of In the Shadow of Du Bois: Afro-Modern Political Thought in America, by Robert Gooding-Williams. African American Review (2011):
  • Rev. of Race and Nature from Transcendentalism to the Harlem Renaissance, by Paul Outka. Journal of Ecocriticism 2.1 (2010): 87-88.
  • Rev. of Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha: Queer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance, by Gary Edward Holcomb. Callaloo 31.2 (2008): 617-621.