Assistant Professor of English
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Sabbatical academic year 2014-2015
Andrea Stone earned her B.A. (Hons) from the University of Western Ontario and her B.Ed., M.A. and Ph.D. (Collaborative Program in English and Health Care, Technology, and Place) from the University of Toronto.
Professor Stone teaches literatures of the African diaspora from the 18th century to the present with a particular focus on the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Her specific teaching interests relate to African diasporic authors' figurations of health, illness, and law, as well as the development of early African American and African Canadian print culture. Stone teaches courses in medicine and law in nineteenth-century African diasporic literature, American literature before 1865, literatures of the black Atlantic, contemporary literary theory, and a seminar on black prison intellectuals. She also serves on the executive committee of the program in American Studies, as well as the advisory boards of the Archives and Book Studies Concentrations at Smith.
Stone's book manuscript is titled Black Well-Being: Medicine, Law, and Selfhood in 19th-Century America about North American and Caribbean black writers’ emphasis on medicine, health care, and law in emigration writings, slave narratives, and fiction. From the classical healthy mind-in-body ideal to the disabled physique, their portrayals of black physicality offer a striking range of strategic approaches to creating a nineteenth-century politics of well-being opposed to and independent of medically and legally informed systems of subjugation.
Her next book project is provisionally titled, Black Prison Intellectuals: The Criminal and Enemy in America from the Early National Period to the Present.
Stone's work has appeared in the journals American Literary History; Law, Culture and the Humanities; American Literature, and Canadian Literature as well as the Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora. With Michael Thurston, she published a poetry chapbook, Tibetan for Bada Bing (2011).