Marc Blanc

Graduate Student, Literature

My research focuses on cross-racial literary exchanges through book and periodical publishing in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century U.S. By examining the printing and reprinting of African American literature in the early labor press, the strategies of the first Black book publishing firms, and interactions between cultural workers at every stage of literary production and distribution, I aim to describe how various literary communities encountered each other through the medium of industrialized print. I am especially interested in the print cultures of the American midwest.

In addition to pursuing a Ph.D. in English and American literature, I am involved in the interdisciplinary American Culture Studies program at Washington University and an ongoing research internship with the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State University. You can connect with me on Twitter, @marcablanc.

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