Author Archives: Jeanne-Marie Jackson

About Jeanne-Marie Jackson

Jeanne-Marie Jackson teaches world literature at Johns Hopkins, and has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale. She is the author of two books: South African Literature’s Russian Soul (Bloomsbury 2015), and The African Novel of Ideas (Princeton 2021). In addition to her writing for a wide range of scholarly and public-facing venues, she is editor of Modernism/modernity’s Field Reports blog.

Response to Runaway Genres

This essay is part of a symposium on Yogita Goyal’s Runaway Genres. All contributions to the symposium can be found here. In its dynamic charting of the American slave narrative’s multi-pronged evolution, Runaway Genres could easily expand in any number of further directions. Most would pursue American and markedly “global” modes of expression; writing, that is, that bears a clear transatlantic imprint, even where it is best described as sidestepping or rejecting transatlanticism’s primacy in thinking through Black self-formations. As Goyal’s book shows, the sheer Continue reading →