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Adam Dawson


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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 age-based subject positions such as 'child' and 'adult' are racialised white. 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 age in British and American literature and culture.

Key Research Interests

20th and 21st century British and American literature; coming of age literature; representations of age and ageing; African American literature; autobiography.