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Katherine C. Bassard

Interim Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
(804) 827-8442
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BA Wake Forest University
MA Virginia Commonwealth University
PhD Rutgers University

Research/Teaching Focus

African American literature


Edited. Sketches of Slave Life and From Slave Cabin to the Pulpit by Peter Randolph. Morgantown: West Virginia UP, 2015.

Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2010.

Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1999.

Recent/Selected Publications

“Race and the Mind/Body Problem,” in “A Riff, A Call, and A Response: A Forum,” ed. P. Gabrielle Foreman. Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 31.1 (Spring 2014): 73–75.

“‘And the Greatest of These’: Toni Morrison, the Bible, Love.” Eds. Adrienne Lanier Seward and Justine Tally. Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2014. 119–131.

“Signs and Wonders: The King James Bible and African American Literature.” The King James Bible after 400 Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences. Ed. Hannibal Hamlin and Norman W. Jones. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. 294–317.

Invited Lectures

“Black Archive Fever: New Directions for Early African American Literary Study.” Hermanns Lecture Series. University of Texas, Arlington. 3 Apr. 2014.

“Chosen Stories: Gender, Race and the Archives.” Cornis-Pope Annual Lecture in Media, Art, and Text. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. 13 Sept. 2013.


Katherine Bassard on “Transforming Scriptures”  [streaming audio]. With Good Reason, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.


Faculty photo by Allen Jones – 2015

Upcoming Deadlines

Department Orientation Sessions
AUGUST 15, 2019

Classes Begin
AUGUST 20, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
AUGUST 26, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline

Fall Reading Day
OCTOBER 10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Last Day of Classes
DECEMBER 9, 2019

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