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Biography

Adam Dawson is a CHASE/AHRC-funded PhD student in American Studies. His thesis, entitled Growing Up Black: Coming of Age in Contemporary African American Literature, examines how contemporary Black American writers portray coming of age when – despite a long literary history depicting otherwise – the dominant cultural narrative does not view Black children as children in the first place. The thesis explores texts by Jesmyn Ward, Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson, Jason Reynolds, Tony Medina, and Saeed Jones.

More generally, Adam is interested in how race, gender, class, and sexuality inform representations of adolescence in British and American literature and culture. He has a particular focus on youth and ageing in Black British and African American literature.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Coming of age literature; representations of adolescence and ageing; ageing studies; African American literature; Black British literature; 20th and 21st century British and American literature; autobiography.