Robert Stepto, designated the John M. Schiff Professor of English

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August 8, 2018

Robert Stepto, newly named as the John M. Schiff Professor of English, focuses his research on the relation of literature to the visual arts and to folklore, literary history, and the “translation” of vernacular forms (for example, sermons or the blues) into written forms.

Stepto’s other interests include early African American narratives, American Renaissance authors, fin de siècle writers, the New Negro Renaissance (including its book art), 20th-century poetry (American and African American), American autobiography in all periods (beginning with captivity narratives), African American fiction from Chesnutt to Ellison, and the American “vernacular” landscape.

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