I've been working with my brother Kenton Rambsy on projects related to Trudier Harris. To give a sense of her amazing productivity, I'm providing a select list of publications across several decades.
2021: Depictions of Home in African American Literature.
2021: “Image Shatterer: Delores Phillips’s The Darkest Child,” in Mothers Who Kill.
2020: “Grandmothers, Culture, and Legacies.” Tribute to Randall Kenan in The Mississippi Quarterly.
2019: “When Art Devolves Into Horniness and Pimping: Reflections Upon Questionable Creativity in Ntozake Shange’s ‘a photograph: lovers in motion’” CLA Journal.
2019: “When Art Devolves Into Horniness and Pimping: Reflections Upon Questionable Creativity in Ntozake Shange’s ‘a photograph: lovers in motion’”; CLA Journal.
2019: “Aun’ Peggy: Charles Chesnutt’s Vampire Slayer?” North Carolina Literary Review.
2018: “Aborted Rituals of Communion: Food as Drugs and Drugs as Food in Jesmyn Ward’s Where the Line Bleeds
2017: “‘My Story Is Better Than Yours’: The Changing Politics of and Motives for Composing Southern African American Life Narratives,” in Constructing the Self: Essays on Southern Life Writing.
2017: Alice Walker’s ‘Roselily’: Mediations on Culture, Politics, and Chains,” The Southern Quarterly.
2014: Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature.
2013: “Untangling History, Dismantling Fear: Teaching Tayari Jones’s Leaving Atlanta,” Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon.
2012: “Nikki Giovanni: Literary Survivor Across Centuries,” Appalachian Heritage.
2012: “The Terrible Pangs of Compromise: Racial Reconciliation in African American Literature,” The Cresset.
2011: “Mama Lena Is an Acceptable Tyrant,” in Gender and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.
2011: “History as Fact and Fiction” for the Cambridge History of African American Literature.
2009: “The Yellow Rose of Texas: A Different Cultural View.” Callaloo.
2009: The Scary Mason-Dixon Line: African American Writers and the South.
2009: “Cotton Pickin’ Authority,” in Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers.
2008: “Back Talk: Smacked Upside the Head—Again.” African American Review.
2005: “William Melvin Kelley’s Real Live, Invisible South,” South Central Review.
2003: Summer Snow: Reflections on Being Black and Southern.
2002: South of Tradition: Essays on African American Literature.
2001: Saints, Sinners, Saviors: Strong Black Women in African American Literature.
2001: “James Baldwin,” The Oxford Companion to United States History.
1996: “Porch-Sitting as a Creative Southern Tradition,” in Southern Cultures.
1996: The Power of the Porch: The Storyteller’s Craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan.
1995: “Adventures in a ‘Foreign Country’: African American Humor and the South,” Southern Humor Issue of Southern Cultures.
1995: “Genre”—for “Keywords” special issue of the Journal of American Folklore.
1995: “‘This Disease Called Strength’: Some Observations on the Compensating Construction of Black Female Character,” Literature and Medicine.
1994: “Toni Morrison: Solo Flight Through Literature and History,” World Literature Today.
1993: “‘Africanizing the Audience’: Zora Neale Hurston’s Transformation of White Folks in Mules and Men,” The Zora Neale Hurston Forum.
1991: Fiction and Folklore: The Novels of Toni Morrison.
1990: "Native Sons and Foreign Daughters,” New Essays on Native Son.
1988: “Moms Mabley: A Study in Humor, Role Playing, and the Violation of Taboo,” The Southern Review.
1986: “From Victimization to Free Enterprise: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple,” Studies in American Fiction.
1985: Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin.
1984: “The Women of Brewster Place, by Gloria Naylor,” Southern Changes.
1984: Exorcising Blackness: Historical and Literary Lynching and Burning Rituals.
1983: “No Outlet for the Blues: Silla Boyce's Plight in Brown Girl, Brownstones,” Callaloo.
1982: “Tiptoeing Through Taboo: Incest in Alice Walker’s ‘The Child Who Favored Daughter’,” Modern Fiction Studies.
1982: “A Different Image of the Black Woman,” Callaloo.
1982: From Mammies to Militants: Domestics in Black American Literature.
1982: “A Spiritual Journey: Gayl Jones’s Song for Anninho,” Callaloo.
1978: “Telephone Pranks: A Thriving Pastime,” Journal of Popular Culture.
1977: “Folklore in the Fiction of Alice Walker—A Perpetuation of Historical and Literary Traditions,” Black American Literature Forum.
1975: “Ellison’s ‘Peter Wheatstraw’: His Basis in Black Folk Tradition,” Mississippi Folklore Register.
1975: “Violence in The Third Life of Grange Copeland,” CLA Journal.
1975: “Ceremonial Fagots: Lynching and Burning Rituals in Black American Literature,” Southern Humanities Review.