Ricardo A. Wilson II Assistant Professor of English

Ricardo A. Wilson II

Washington Hall 110
540-458-8377
wilsonr@wlu.edu

Education

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Southern California
B.A., African-American Studies, Brown University

Research

Twentieth and twenty-first-century African-American and American literature and culture; hemispheric studies of blackness; science fiction; the evacuation of language around issues of race

Teaching

ENGL 203: Introduction to the Short Story
ENGL 293: Topics in American Literature: Race and the Zombie Apocalypse
ENGL 299: Utopia, Science Fiction, and the Idea of America(s)
ENGL 367: The Nineteenth Century and Its Shadow
WRIT 100: Writing Seminar for First Years: On the Flip
WRIT 100: Writing Seminar for First Years: Race, Memory, Nation

Selected Publications

“In the Blind: Alfonso Cuarón and the Question of Futurity,” CR: The New Centennial Review 16.2 (2016): 151-182.
“Evidence for Baldwin,” Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire 11.2-3 (2012): 88-93.
“Saturday,” Callaloo 31.3 (2008): 871-875.

Work in Progress

The Nigrescent Beyond: Mexico and the Psychic Vanishing of Blackness (under advance contract with Northwestern University Press)
The Color of Remorse: Reading Apology and the African Encounter Across the Americas 
“Whitehead, Black Wholes, and the Problem of Archeology.” Justice in Time: Critical Afrofuturism and Black Freedom. Ed. Elizabeth Reich, Anna Everett, and Ryan Kernan
“Toomer, Cane, and the Idea of a Racialized Unconscious"
Outpost (novella)
Kingston, 1917 (novella)