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Lynn Johnson

Associate Professor of Africana Studies (2004)

Contact Information

johnsoly@dickinson.edu

Althouse Hall Room G10
717.245.1394

Bio

Lynn R. Johnson specializes in African American literature, African Aesthetics, and Africana literary cultures. Her primary research interests are in African American literary production and theory and Middle Passage studies. Currently, she is completing a manuscript that examines the relationship between food and psychological disease and wellness as portrayed in African American fiction.

Education

  • B.A., Salisbury University, 1996
  • M.A., Temple University, 1998
  • Ph.D., 2007

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

AFST 200 Approaches to Africana Studies
This course will investigate the importance of conceptual analysis and the development of concepts in the theoretical and textual research of Africana Studies. Thus, the course will focus on various interpretive frameworks and approaches to organizing and understanding Africana Studies, including but not limited to the African model, Afrocentricity, diaspora model, critical race theory, post-modernism, and post colonialism. Prerequisite: 100.

WGSS 301 Toni Morrison
Cross-listed with AFST 320-01.This course is part one of a yearlong exploration of the imaginative and critical works of Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison. During the semester, we will trace Morrison's development as a novelist from 1970-2000, paying particular attention to the ways in which she crafts her novels and employs them to provide provocative commentaries on Black identity and culture. In our analyses of these works, we will use such critical approaches as psychoanalytic theory, Black feminism, and new historicism.

AFST 320 Toni Morrison
Cross-listed with WGSS 301-02.This course is part one of a yearlong exploration of the imaginative and critical works of Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison. During the semester, we will trace Morrison's development as a novelist from 1970-2000, paying particular attention to the ways in which she crafts her novels and employs them to provide provocative commentaries on Black identity and culture. In our analyses of these works, we will use such critical approaches as psychoanalytic theory, Black feminism, and new historicism.