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 six books and numerous articles on these and related subjects. Most recently, she has published American Drama, In Dialogue, 1714-Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Reckoning Day: Race, Place, and the Atom Bomb in Postwar America (Vanderbilt, 2013). American Drama is a textbook discussing major plays since national inception, particularly their elements "in dialogue" with touchstone dramatic texts and trends (e.g., realism, expressionism) from across the Atlantic. Reckoning Day considers all aspects of atomic culture produced by African American writers, film actors, and musicians or featuring African American characters in white-authored texts of that era. In general, the bomb helped black and white culture producers focus their views on race relations in the civil rights era. Currently she is at work on Freedom's Ring: Literatures of Liberation from Civil Rights to the Second Wave; here she reads for permutations of freedom and liberation--and the often competing, cross-canceling, and rarely so successfully achieved American value of equality--in major civil rights, Black Power, Women's Lib, and related texts of the period from the mid-1950s to mid-1970s.

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