Michael Hill

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University of Iowa

Michael Hill's research focuses on post-Harlem Renaissance African American literature. As a 2014 Fall Obermann Fellow-in-Residence, Prof. Hill worked on his book project, Kinky Bourgeois: Sexual Initiation and Democratic Potential in Black Civil Rights Novels. Specifically, he worked on two chapters of a book—A Little Child Shall Lead Them: Adolescence in African American Novels, 1941–2008—that studies adolescent characters in African American novels. Focusing on the period from World War II to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., these chapters consider how black writers use sex to probe competing outlooks on race and democracy.