Anna Hartnell is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, the University of London, Before that, she used to teach at the University of Birmigham. Her research interests centre on representations of race and religion in American literature and culture, and the ways in which the US might be viewed in a postcolonial context. This has led to a wider interest in the cross-currents between the black and Jewish diasporas. Current research, which includes work on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and Hurricane Katrina, is currently being written up as a monograph entitled Imagining Exodus: Race, Religion, and the Narratives of Black America (Pluto Press).
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