Autumn M Womack

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Assistant Professor


Autumn Womack earned a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2013. She joined University of Pittsburgh’s English Department in the Fall of 2013 where she specializes in African American literature and culture with an emphasis on visual culture, 19th century literature, and print culture. She is currently at work on her first book manuscript “Reform Visions: Race, Visuality, and Literature in the Progressive Era.” Bringing together the fields of social science, visual culture, and literary studies, “Reform Visions” examines the important formal and technical features of emergent visual technologies such as photography, motion pictures, and social surveys to black literary aesthetics from the 1880s through the 1920s.

Autumn has taught classes in 19th and 20th century African American literature, Post-bellum “experimental” fiction, the Harlem Renaissance, visual culture, as well as single-author seminars on Toni Morrison (Spring 2014). She looks forward to developing courses in Black visual culture, African American Literary Theory, Social Science and Literature, antebellum performance culture, and African American periodicals.


PhD   Columbia University
MA     The University of Maryland, College Park
BA     The George Washington University

Research and Publications

"Zora Neale Hurston and the Politics of Overexposure," Black Camera  (forthcoming 2015)

"Reform Visions: Race, Visuality, and Literature in the Progressive Era" (book manuscript in progress)



19th Century African American Literature
The Harlem Renaissance
Toni Morrison and the Ethics of Reading (Senior Seminar)
The Harlem Renaissance
Black Politics and the Literary History of Now  


Double Exposure: Race and Visuality