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Dr. Maurice O. Wallace

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Associate Professor of African-Am...

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Duke University
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Durham, North Carolina 27710
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News Release Archive - Durham County Library, 29 Nov 2012 [cached]
Durham County Library welcomes Dr. Maurice Wallace, associate professor of African-American Studies and English at Duke University, to discuss his latest book, Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity on Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m. at the Main Library. Read more
Board Minutes - November 16, 2006 — Durham Public Schools, 16 Nov 2006 [cached]
John Hope Franklin scholars were introduced by Dr. Maurice Wallace, Professor of English and African American Studies at Duke University. Award-winning author tackles social..., 10 Dec 2003 [cached]
DURHAM -- The Herald-Sun recently caught up with Maurice Wallace, a Duke graduate who returned to teach at his alma mater.
Wallace, an English professor who takes on a host of social issues in his work, won an award this year from The Modern Language Association of America for his book, "Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African-American Men's Literature and Culture, 1775-1995."
He will travel to San Diego on Dec. 28 to accept the William Sanders Scarborough Prize.
In excerpts from a 10-question interview, Wallace talks about issues ranging from his duties as a scholar to writer James Baldwin to his special relationship with Home Depot.
Maurice Wallace: I was a graduate student at Duke between 1990 and 1995.
Wallace: The question might best be posed as "who" convinced me to return to Duke while at Yale.The simplest and most honest answer would be my wife.She was, and remains, a hospital administrator at Duke University Medical Center.
Wallace: The roots of my scholarly interests are in a love of reading, a profound admiration for the intellectual depth and social consciousness of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the writer James Baldwin.
Wallace: Professor Dyson is not wrong, but I am just as interested in bringing the masses -- the mass voice, the history of the masses, and our culture -- inside the walls of academia to keep the academy honest.
Wallace: I am very explicit in my book's introduction that its chronology, 1775-1995, is not a continuous history but an episodic one.
Wallace: I'm thrilled by it.
Wallace: Ahh.Not far enough.Actually, I've got a bit more research to do on his life in Istanbul, Turkey.Of course, global politics being what they are today, completing that part of my research may go even slower now.
H-S: You've written about Baldwin several times.What about his work and his life make him such an interesting literary and social figure?
Wallace: Well, he was enormously prolific.A novelist, a playwright, a short story writer and essayist par excellence.I think it's the force of his essays that really inspires me.His relationship to a church he officially repudiated, but clearly never left in spirit, intrigues me.The audacity of criticisms of Cold War America, its self-delusions and hypocrisies were matched only by his eloquence in articulating them.Clearly, too, he loved language.As I do.There is something always faintly Baldwinesque as well in Toni Morrison's fiction when I read it.She loved his style, too.She's said so many times.
H-S: Are you teaching any of his works in your African-American literature class this semester?
Wallace: I'm teaching a survey course on African-American literature from the colonial period to the 20th century.
Wallace: Biography might be too strong a word.
Wallace: This may be the hardest question of all, because I am one of those rare birds who actually gets paid to do what I love to do.
A new book edited by Maurice ..., 23 July 2012 [cached]
A new book edited by Maurice Wallace, associate professor of English and African and African American studies at Duke University and Shawn Michelle Smith, an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, examines the impact of early photography on African Americans.
"Fredrick Douglass was very hopeful and optimistic about photography," says Professor Wallace.
Professor Wallace stated that "early photography helped the U.S. visualize the possibility of African-Americans as proper and fully engaged citizens in our democracy; a representation that was every bit as dignified and deserving as any White American family portrait."
The role of early photography and ..., 19 Nov 2012 [cached]
The role of early photography and notions of Black progress are the themes of Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity (Duke University Press), a new book edited by Duke University Professor Maurice Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith.
Professor Wallace joins host Mark Anthony Neal in the Left of Black studios in the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University in a wide ranging conversation about the new book, raising Black daughters in the Obama era and the politics of "Professorial Style" in the contemporary academy.
Follow Maurice Wallace on Twitter: @mauricewllc
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