January 6, 2021
Cyraina Johnson-Roullier teaches Modern Literature and Literature of the Americas at the University of Notre Dame. A former Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, she is the author of Reading on the Edge:Exiles, Modernities, and Cultural Transformation in Proust, Joyce and Baldwin (SUNY 2000), and has published critical essays on modernism, literary and feminist theory, American and African American literature and literature of the Americas, as well as several op eds on systemic racism and COVID-19. Her essay, “The City Shining on a Hill, or by a Lake: (Re)Thinking Modern Americanness, (Re)Writing the American Lynch Narrative and Ida B. Wells” appeared in the January 2018 issue of Modernism/modernity. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript that interrogates Americanness through the lenses of race, gender, law and utopia, and a memoir entitled Hands: A Touch of Cancer.