Candice M Jenkins

Associate Professor, English

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Personal profile

Research Interests

Contemporary Black Fiction; Black Postmodernism; Gender/Sexuality Studies and African American Narrative; Black Feminist Theory and Criticism; Hip Hop and the Literary; Black Speculative Fiction

My research uses a critical black feminist lens to consider how a variety of African American cultural texts address evolving questions of racial subjectivity, sexual politics, and class in the United States. My first book, Private Lives, Proper Relations: Regulating Black Intimacy (Minnesota, 2007), examined how African American writers articulate the political consequences of intimacy for the already-vulnerable black subject. In 2011, I guest edited a special issue of the journal African American Review on "Hip Hop and the Literary." My current project, "Bourgeois in the Flesh: Class, Sex, and the Vulnerable Racial Body" (under contract with the Univ of Minnesota Press), explores the dilemma of black middle-class embodiment in post-Civil Rights era African American fiction.


I regularly teach courses on contemporary African American literature and culture, black speculative fiction, and hip hop (as) narrative, as well as black women's writing and black feminist theory.

Education/Academic qualification

English, Ph.D., Duke University

… → 2001

English, B.A., Spelman College

… → 1996

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African Americans Arts & Humanities
Subjectivity Arts & Humanities
Alice Walker Arts & Humanities
Toni Morrison Arts & Humanities
Speculative Fiction Arts & Humanities
Hip-hop Arts & Humanities
African American Literature Arts & Humanities
Aesthetics Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2002 2019

Black Bourgeois: Class and Sex in the Flesh

Jenkins, C. M., Oct 15 2019, University of Minnesota Press. 272 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Black Refusal, Black Magic: Reading African American Literature Now.

Jenkins, C. M., Dec 1 2017, In : American Literary History. 29, 4, p. 779-789 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

African American Literature
African Americans

New bourgeoisie, old bodies: Performing post-civil rights black privilege in Tar Baby and School Daze

Jenkins, C. M., Sep 1 2016, In : Criticism. 58, 4, p. 621-645 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Civil Rights

"A wider society": Man Gone Down, Class, and "Post-Racial" Vulnerability

Jenkins, C. M., Jan 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Bow down B*tches: Feminism, hip hop, and the impolitic pleasures of listening

Jenkins, C. M., Nov 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Activities 2008 2014

  • 6 Invited talk
  • 2 Oral presentation

Domestic Oversights: Ann Petry's The Street and Black Class Hierarchy

Candice M Jenkins (Invited speaker)
Oct 2008

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Alice Walker's The Color Purple and Queering Black Patriarchy

Candice M Jenkins (Invited speaker)
Nov 2013

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Listening Like a Man: Hip hop, "Swagger," and the American Self

Candice M Jenkins (Invited speaker)
Feb 2009

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Their Eyes Were Watching God as Visionary Text

Candice M Jenkins (Keynote speaker)
Apr 2014

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Honors & Recognition