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Tess Eufamia Chakkalakal
Presidents and Trustees of Williams College (Williamstown, MA 01267-2600)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 9/30/2004

Literary Fellows: James Weldon Johnson and Brander Matthews

Brander Matthews, a leading critic of American literature in the 1890s, played a pivotal role in the making of the first modern African American novel: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson. Yet Matthews’s connection to Johnson and the African American literary tradition has received little critical attention. A comparison of their literary projects reveals striking similarities. This project examines Johnson’s connection to Matthews’s ideas on literature and their importance to shaping the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.