Andy Hines studies models of the university posed by Black writers and Black social movements, as well as the significant but understudied contributions of Black writers to literary criticism and theory. His first book, Outside Literary Studies: Black Criticism and the University (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press), recounts how mid-twentieth century Black writers defined literature and critical thought through and against the institutionalization of literary studies in predominantly white universities. His writing has appeared in American Quarterly, Blind Field, Criticism, and Public Books. He earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2015.
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