You are here: Home / People / Autumn Womack

Autumn Womack

Autumn Womack

Biography:

Autumn Womack comes to CHI from The University of Pittsburgh where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Autumn's current research project, "Re-Form Vision: Race, Visuality, and Literature, 1880-1930, intersection of emergent visual technologies and African American writing in the first quarter of the twentieth century. In four case studies, "Re-FormVision" argues that writers and thinkers like Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kelly Miller, and Sutton Griggs treated mediums as diverse as the social survey, the reform stage, and early motion picture as sites where visual practices were (re)formed and where the limits, and possibilities, of visual technologies were tried and tested.

Drawing on seldom considered archives and overlooked texts, his project ultimately contends that the new visual experiences and methods fomented at these sites doubled as rubrics for late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature.