Hubbard, Dolan 1949-

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HUBBARD, Dolan 1949-

PERSONAL: Born February 20, 1949, in Wingate Township, NC; son of Olin (a farmer, cook, textile worker, and furniture worker) and Elizabeth (a homemaker, domestic worker, and seamstress; maiden name, Kendall) Hubbard; married Jennie Ruth Hampton, July 15, 1973; children: Aisha Katherine Elizabeth, Desmond Jelani. Ethnicity: "Black American." Education: Catawba College, B.A., 1971; University of Denver, M.A., 1974; University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 1986; University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, postdoctoral study, 1986-88. Religion: African Methodist Episcopal Zion. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, travel, antique furniture, gardening, old movies, sports.

ADDRESSES: Home—2413 Hartfell Rd., Timonium, MD 21093-2514. Office—Department of English and Language Arts, Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251; fax: 443-885-8225. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: High school teacher in Frederick County, MD, teacher, 1971-72; manager of a men's store in Salisbury, SC, 1972-73; high school teacher in Middletown, MD, 1974-76; Catawba College, Salisbury, minority counselor and admissions counselor, 1976-77; Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC, instructor, 1977-82; University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, assistant professor, 1988-89; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, assistant professor, 1989-94; University of Georgia, Athens, associate professor of English and African-American studies, 1994-98; Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, professor of English and chair of Department of English and Language Arts, 1998—. George Mason University, Du Bois Lecturer, 2002; guest speaker at other institutions, including University of Paris, State University of New York—Albany, Franklin Pierce College, University of Alabama, Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, GA, and Missouri Southern State College; guest on media programs. Coproducer of a two-part documentary history of the College Language Association titled Black Scholars in America, 2000; Baltimore Afro-American Essay Contest (for eighth-graders), judge, 2000. Catawba College, member of board of trustees, 1994—. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Winston-Salem, volunteer, 1980-82.

MEMBER: Modern Language Association of America (chair of Division on Black American Literature and Culture, 1996), American Literature Association, Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, College Language Association (president, 1994-96), National Council of Teachers of English, Association of Departments of English (member of executive committee, 2002-04), MELUS, Richard Wright Circle, Langston Hughes Society (president, 2000-04), Zora Neale Hurston Society, Middle Atlantic Writers Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association (president of administrative committee, 2002), South Atlantic Association of Departments of English, Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English and Conference on College Composition and Communication.

AWARDS, HONORS: National Endowment for the Humanities, fellowship, 1985, grant, 1991; Carolina minority postdoctoral scholar, 1986-88; The Sermon and the African-American Literary Imagination was selected by Choice as an "outstanding academic book" for 1995.


The Sermon and the African-American Literary Imagination, University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO), 1994.

(Editor) Recovered Writers/Recovered Texts: Race, Class, and Gender in Black Women's Literature, University of Tennessee Press (Knoxville, TN), 1997.

(Editor, with others) The Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Volume 4: The Novels: "Not without Laughter" and "Tambourines to Glory," University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO), 2001.

(Editor and author of introduction) The Souls of Black Folk: One Hundred Years Later, University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO), 2003.

(Editor, with Ethel Young Minor) The Library of Black America Collection of Black Sermons, Lawrence Hill Books (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Contributor to books, including American Short Story Writers: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Julie Brown, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1994; Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston, edited by Gloria L. Cronin, G. K. Hall (New York, NY), 1998; Du Bois and Race: Essays in Celebration of the Centennial Publication of "The Souls of Black Folk," edited by Chester J. Fontenot, Jr., Mercer University Press (Macon, GA), 2001; and Critical Methods of the Black United States, 1868-1982, edited by Barbara Christian and R. Baxter Miller, Modern Language Association of America (New York, NY). Member of editorial board of the series "The Collected Works of Langston Hughes," University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO). Contributor of articles and reviews to academic journals, including CLA Journal, Black Issues in Higher Education, Obsidian II, Centennial Review, Black American Literature Forum, and Franklin Pierce Studies in Literature. Editor, Langston Hughes Review, 1994-98; member of editorial board, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 1996-2002; advisory editor, African American Review, 1993—.

SIDELIGHTS: Dolan Hubbard once told CA: "I was inspired to write by my teachers at Granite Quarry (North Carolina) Colored Elementary School, from 1957 to 1963. In a rigidly segregated America, these teachers challenged us to be our best and told us that we could achieve anything that we wanted. Rosebud Aggrey, my fourth-grade teacher, from a distinguished Ghanian-American family, always gave her best students extra work and also had us serve as tutors for the slower students. She humanized the learning experience for me.

"When I write, I write to tell the untold stories of these faceless American heroes. By this, I mean that my criticism situates blacks in the American experience as actors and not as reactors. Stylistically, I want my writing to sing, for I feel that criticism need not be dull or dry. For me, criticism is a narrative, and I try to illuminate the drama involved in the critical moment."



Choice, February, 1996, Rebecca Bartlet Fischer, "Choice Interviews Dolan Hubbard," pp. 901-903.

New York Times, July 31, 2001, Jo Thomas, "Returning All the Works of Langston Hughes to Print."