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Department of English Language and Literature


Scott Trafton

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5890
Office: HUO 513
Resources: English Language and Literature


PhD, Duke University, 1998

Areas of Specialization 

    Nineteenth-Century African American Literature
    African American Studies
    Black Cultural Studies

Current Research Projects 

I'm currently writing a book called Gulf Coast Blues: Space, Time, and the Early Creole Coast, about African American culture along the American Gulf Coast in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It looks at strategies of early black cultural adaptation along the coast in the fields of architecture, music, folklore and folklife, and literature. I'm especially interested in the cultural mixing that occurred along coastal communities during the period of enslavement, and, in the midst of this mixing, how Afrocreole cultural production reflected and responded to the twin challenges of continuity and change.

Selected Publications 

Egypt Land: Race and Nineteenth-Century American Egyptomania (Duke UP, 2004).

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.