Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff

De Santis

Christopher De Santis

Professor and Chair

Office Address: STV 409 B
Office Phone: (309) 438-3667
Office Hours:  By appointment (please contact Jeanne Merkle to schedule an appointment)
Email: Contact Christopher De Santis (ccdesan)
Website: Visit Christopher De Santis’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG365.01Movements & Periods in African American Literature & CultureT R 15:35 - 16:50STV 0348
Teaching Interests:
African-American Literature and Culture
“Race” in American Literature
American history, particularly Reconstruction and Civil Rights era
Southern Literature
Research Interests:
19th and 20th century American and African-American Literature; the Reconstruction Era and its Legacies; Racial Ideologies and National Identity; The Harlem Renaissance; Langston Hughes; Southern Literature.
B.A. English, Lewis and Clark College,1989
M.A. Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990
Ph.D. American and African-American Literature, University of Kansas, 1997
Selected Publications:

  • “Reassessing Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance: Toward an African American Aesthetic,” Critical Insights: Langston Hughes, ed. R. Baxter Miller (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2012), 105-120.

  • "The Essayistic Vision of Langston Hughes."  Montage of a Dream: The Art and Life of Langston Hughes. Eds. John Edgar Tidwell and Cheryl R. Ragar.  Columbia: University of Missouri P, 2007:  284-304.
  • “Pseudo-History versus Social Critique: Faulkner’s Reconstruction,” Southern Quarterly 43.1 (fall 2005): 9-27.
  • Langston Hughes: A Documentary Volume, vol. 315, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Ed., with Introduction and Notes (Columbia SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc, 2005).
  • Essays on Art, Race, Politics, and Word Affairs, vol. 9, The Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Ed., with Introduction and Notes (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2002).
  • Fight for Freedom and Other Writings on Civil Rights, vol. 10, The Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Ed., with Introduction and Notes (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2001).
  • "'Some chord of kinship stronger and deeper than blood': An Interview with John F. Callahan, Editor of Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth," African American Review 34.4 (Winter 2000): 601-620.
  • "The Dangerous Marrow of Southern Tradition: Charles W. Chesnutt, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the Paternalist Ethos at the Turn-of-the-Century," Southern Quarterly 38.2 (Winter 2000): 79-97.
  • "'The Thing Indefinable and Unconquerable': Howard Fast's Experiment in Democracy," Journal of American Culture 22.1 (Spring 1999): 1-7.
  • "Southern Reconstruction and the Rhetoric of Enlightened Paternalism in Rebecca Harding Davis's Waiting for the Verdict," CLA Journal 41.3 (March 1998): 249-268.
  • Langston Hughes and the Chicago Defender: Essays on Race, Politics, and Culture, 1942-62, Ed., with Introduction and Notes (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995).


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