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Brent Hayes Edwards
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Professor Edwards specializes in African American literature, cultural studies and literary theory. His critical work has addressed a wide range of topics, including African American literature, Francophone literature, theories of the African diaspora, black radical intellectuals, cultural politics in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, surrealism, 20th-century poetics, and jazz.
Edwards is the author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard University Press, 2003), which won the Gilbert Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies. With Robert G. O'Meally and Farah Jasmine Griffin, he co-edited the collection Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia University Press, 2004). Edwards has also translated a number of texts and is the co-editor of the journal Social Text.
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