Rian Bowie

Dr. Rian Bowie

Assistant Teaching Professor in English and Core Faculty in WGS

Contact Information:

Office: C114 Tribble Hall
Phone: (336) 758-3369
Email: bowiere@wfu.edu


Ph.D. – English, with a Certificate in Women’s Studies – Emory University, 2007
M.A. – African American Studies, Summa Cum Laude – Temple University, 1997
B.A. – English, Summa Cum Laude – Tougaloo College, 1995


ENG 302 “Race” Fictions: Image and Inversions in American Literature
ENG 381 “Black Like Me”: Reform, Representation, and the Black Public Sphere during the Black Cultural/Literary Renaissances between 1900-1950
ENG 389 The Authenticating Black “I”: Studies in Black Autobiography from Slavery to Freedom
ENG 387 Slavery in the Twentieth Century Black Imagination
ENG 150 Dreaming America: Expression, Identity, and the Literary Imagination
ENG 175 Whose History; Whose Hero? The “Heroic Ideal” in American Literature
WRI 111 Personal as Political in African American Literature
WRI 111 What’s So Funny?: Humor, Race, and Nation in American Political Humor

Research and Teaching Interests:

19th and 20th Century African-American Literature
19th Century American Women’s Social Movements
19th/Early 20th Century African-American and American Periodicals
American Political Satire

Selected Publications:

  • “Discovering the Woman in the Text: Early African American Print, Gender Studies, and the Twenty-First-Century Classroom” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. 33(1) 2016.
  • “Poetic Steps: Fusing African American Poetry and Choreography in Classroom Practice,” (co-authored) Journal of Dance Education.  June 2011.
  • “Bauerlein Studies 1906 Atlanta Race Riots: An Interview with Mark Bauerlein,” Loose Cannons, July 2001.
  •  “Visionary History: Recovering William J. Wilson’s “Afric-American Picture Gallery” (co-authored) African American Expressions in Print and Digital Culture. University of Madison-Wisconsin Press American Print Culture Series. (pending)