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John Claborn

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Contact Information

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

Awards and Honors

2018    English Department Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award for Instructional Staff 

Courses Taught

  • BTW 250: Principles of Business Communication
  • BTW 261: Principles of Technical Communication
  • ENGL 104: Introduction to Film
  • ENGL 259: Early African American Literature and Culture   
  • RHET 101: Principles of Writing
  • RHET 102: Principles of Research
  • RHET 105: Writing and Research
  • RHET 233: Advanced Rhetoric & Composition

selected publications


Civil Rights and the Environment in African American Literature, 1895-1941. Environmental Culture Series. Ed. Greg Garrard & Richard Kerridge. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. 


"Thylias Moss and the African-Americanization of Holocaust Memory." SAJL: Studies in American Jewish Literature (forthcoming 2020). 

"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 19.2 (Spring 2012): 375-379. 

"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.


Recent Publications

"Postmemory and Race: Thylias Moss and the African-Americanization of the Holocaust." Studies in American Jewish Literature 40.1 (2021): 1-17