Professor Christopher De Santis

Chair, Department of English
Professor
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • Christopher C. De Santis is Professor of American and African-American literature and Chair of the Department of English at Illinois State University.
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • ENG 287Sec 2 Independent Study
  • ENG 599.1Sec 1 Rsch & Dissertation
  • ENG 599Sec 18 Rsch & Dissertation
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • African-American Literature and Culture; "Race" in American Literature; American history, particularly Reconstruction and the Civil Rights era and their literary and cultural legacies; 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.
  • Ph D English / American and African-American Literature - 1997
  • University of Kansas
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • MA Afro-American Studies - 1990
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • BA English - 1989
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Portland Oregon
  • 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 Ways of White Folks: A Study Guide," Research Guide to American Literature, American Modernism, 1915-1945, vol. 5, ed. George Parker Anderson (New York: Facts on File, 2010), 172-177.

  • "The Essayistic Vision of Langston Hughes," Montage of a Dream: The Art and Life of Langston Hughes, ed. John Edgar Tidwell and Cheryl R. Ragar (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 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 Introductions and Notes (Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 2005).

  • "Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance," Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Cary D. Wintz and Paul Finkelman (New York: Routledge, 2004), 588-593.

  • 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.

  • "Rage, Repudiation, and Endurance: Langston Hughes's Radical Writings," Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 108, ed. Debbie Stanley (Detroit: Gale Research, 1998), 317-322.

  • "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.

  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Appreciation Award
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • 2012
  • English Education Program Recognition
  • Illinois State University
  • 2006
  • Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Appreciation Award
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • 2006
  • Strand Diversity Achievement Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2003
  • Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Appreciation Award
  • Sigma Tau
  • 2002
  • University Research Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2002
  • Pre-Tenure Faculty Initiative Grant
  • Illinois State University
  • 2001
  • College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2000
  • Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Appreciation Award
  • Sigma Tau
  • 2000
  • University Research Grant
  • Illinois State University
  • 2000
  • Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship
  • University of Kansas
  • 1997
  • Great Lakes Book Award
  • 1997
  • Honors, Ph.D. Final Examination
  • University of Kansas
  • 1997
  • Edwin M. Hopkins Award
  • University of Kansas
  • 1996
  • Merrill Award
  • University of Kansas
  • 1996
  • Kenneth Rockwell Award
  • University of Kansas
  • 1994
  • University of Kansas Summer Graduate Honors Fellowship
  • University of Kansas
  • 1994
  • Ford Foundation Research Grant
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1990