Jacqueline Foertsch, Ph.D. | Department of English

Jacqueline Foertsch, Ph.D.

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Dr. Foertsch specializes in the areas of post-WWII American literature, culture, and film and is the author of four books and numerous articles on these and related subjects. Most recently she has published American Culture in the 1940s, part of the American Culture series through Edinburgh UP (2008), and Bracing Accounts: The Literature and Culture of Polio in Postwar America (Associated UPs 2009). Her current project is Reckoning Day: Race, Place, and the Atom Bomb in Postwar America, an excerpt of which appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature in 2007. In Reckoning Day, Foertsch examines multiple aspects of African Americans' interface with the atomic threat in the postwar decades of 1945 to 1965, including the response of major intellectuals such as Du Bois and Robeson, civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., artists such as Lorraine Hansberry, and the diverse editorship of the African American press. In addition, Foertsch examines African American characters in the works of white-authored fiction and nonfiction (e.g., doomsday scenarios and survival guides) in this period, as well as the collaborative occasion of African American lead actors starring in atomic-survival Hollywood films.

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