August 23, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Holcomb Gets NEH Grant for Institute on African American Fiction Author

Dr. Gary Edward Holcomb

Dr. Gary Edward Holcomb

By Chris Caldwell

Dr. Gary Holcomb, Professor of African American Studies, working in concert with faculty from around the nation, has secured a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant totaling nearly $200,000.

The grant was issued on July 28, 2015. In total the NEH issued $36.6 million dollars to 212 humanities projects.

Holcomb’s team will be hosting a four-week institute intended for 25 college and university faculty to learn about Ernest Gaines, his works, and their literary context. The institute will be held at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette’s Ernest J. Gaines Center.

Gaines is a world-renowned African American fiction author. He has won a series of awards, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and his books have been translated into multiple languages.

Holcomb’s work in literary studies ranges from the Harlem Renaissance to the 1960s and ’70s Black Arts Movement and to Black postmodern and transnational writing. His recent professional works have covered queer Black authors in the 1920s and Black Marxist myth-making in Langston Hughes’ short fiction.

The NEH Seminar takes place from May 31 to June 24, 2016.

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