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Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA 18015-3027)
Mary Foltz (Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Maxine Montgomery (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)
Suzanne Edwards (Co Project Director: September 2021 to present)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

$100,000 (approved)
$89,479 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2023

Engaging Black Women’s Archives: Gloria Naylor and Twentieth-Century Literary History

Preparation of two edited volumes and a series of public-facing essays focused on the archive of American author and intellectual Gloria Naylor (1950-2016). (12 months)

This project proposes to produce an edited collection of scholarly essays on archival materials relevant to Naylor’s published novels, a second manuscript of criticism focused on previously unpublished works found in the archives, and a series of public-facing essays that attend to the collected papers and unpublished material of Gloria Naylor, one of the most widely-read authors at the vanguard of contemporary letters. With Naylor’s substantial archives as our focus, we aim to create a robust model for activating black women’s literary archives through interinstitutional, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational collaboration aligned with black feminist practices. Through ground-breaking academic and public-facing scholarship this project communicates the value of archival research for opening up new avenues for understanding black women writers’ intellectual and literary history of the late-20th and early-21st centuries.