Department of Literature
Additional Positions at AUAdvisor, Multi-Ethnic Studies Minor, African American and African Diaspora minor
- Author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights, Keith D Leonard did his master's in English at UNC Chapel and his PhD at Stanford.His publications, presentations, and courses have revolved around his study of political consciousness in African American poetry and poetics and in hip-hop culture. His current interests include African Americans artists in Paris, jazz in African American culture, and the conception of love, sexuality, and family as political ideals by black writers. He is currently working on a book project exploring the legacy of civil rights movement activism, Black Nationalist ideals, and African American social mobility for contemporary African American avant-garde artist collectives, from Umbra to the Dark Room Collective to Cave Canem.
DegreesPhD, Stanford University
MA, UNC Chapel Hill
BA, English, Yale University
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Professor Probes Questions of Ethnicity in Literature
Leonard wrote a book about how African American poets used traditional poetic techniques....