About

Danielle Christmas is Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Literature and Endowed Delta Delta Delta Fellow in the Humanities at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches a variety of courses, including “Slavery and the Holocaust in American Fiction & Film,” “America’s Strange Fruit: Lynching in Literature & Culture,” and “The God(s) of Slavery: Religious Experience in Early African American Literature.” Her current manuscript, “Auschwitz & the Plantation: Labor, Sex, and Death in American Holocaust and Slavery Fiction,” concerns cultural production that suggests stories about slavery and the Holocaust are constitutive of and reliant on the same core narrative, and explores the sociopolitical implications of this popular trend. She has also begun work on a project that analyzes masculinity and sentimentality in white nationalist fiction.

 

RECENT & UPCOMING TALKS

“Dystopia & Darkies: The Alt-Right and the Sentimental Novel,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, January 2019

“What Does White Nationalist Fiction Have to Do with Peacebuilding?,” Peacebuilding in America: Building a National Architecture for Prevention, School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University, May 2018

“White Nationalism and the Sentimental Novel,” Catholic Faculty Colloquium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 2018

“Masculinity & Sentimentality in Alt-Right Fiction,” Faculty Colloquium, Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 2018

“Ethics in Fiction: In Conversation with Sam Graham-Felsen,” Parr Center for Ethics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, February 2018

“From Africa to Auschwitz: Racism, Capitalism, & William Styron,” Department of English, University of Utah, November 2017

“Camping Up Atrocity: Jew Hunters, Circus Plantations, and American Horror Stories,” Learning at the Margins: The Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge among African Americans and Jews since the 1880s, German Historical Institute, Howard University, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC, September 2017

Panelist, “Beyond the Headlines: Confederate Monuments, Historical Memory, and Free Speech,” Carolina Public Humanities and Chapel Hill Public Library, North Carolina, August 2017 (Find 8 min. video here: https://youtu.be/T3vWP0Vp80s)