Yale Welcomes Dr. Elleza Kelley

September 27, 2022

Dr. Elleza Kelley is an Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University. She is interested in space, form, visual art, and black aesthetics. She specialize in African American literature, with an emphasis on black geographies and radical spatial practice in the United States. Her research traces how black spatial knowledge and practice appear in literature and art, particularly through experimentations with form, genre and media. Her current book project examines practices of inscription and mark-making as modes of spatial production, representation, and reinvention. The project contends that black geographies both demand and usher forth specific and unconventional methods and reading practices. As such, her work is also concerned with methodology—how we read, how we engage with archives, and how we do literary study. She has published work in Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography on Toni Morrison’s theories of place and geography, which is the subject of her next project. Her other works can be found in The New InquiryDeem JournalCabinet Magazine, and elsewhere.

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