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Department of Pan African Studies



Pan African Studies
221 Santa Susana Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8315

Hours: M-F (8 a.m. to 5 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-3311
Fax: (818) 677-3619



Raquel Kennon, Ph.D.



Raquel Kennon

Contact Information

  • Dr. Raquel Kennon
  • Assistant Professor
    Office Location: Santa Susana, 214
    Office Phone: (818) 677-3265
    Email: raquel.kennon@csun.edu


Ph.D. (Comparative Literature), Harvard University, 2012
M.A. (Comparative Literature), Harvard University, 2008
B.A. (Spanish and Comparative Literature with honors), Stanford University, 2002

Courses Taught

African American Literature since 1930
Approaches to University Writing
The Black Woman in Contemporary Times

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Review for Yogita Goyal’s Romance, Diaspora, and Black Atlantic Literature (Cambridge UP, 2010). Callaloo 36:2 (Winter 2013), 466-469.

    “Slavery Televised: Bernardo Guimarães’ A Escrava Isaura and the Global Telenovela,” National Council of Black Studies (NCBS), March 15, 2013.

    “Violence, Horror, and Beauty in Jean Toomer’s ‘Kabnis’ and ‘Portrait in Georgia,’” American Comparative Literature Association Convention, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 30, 2012.

    “‘I must not look behind and weep’: Transatlantic Sites of Slavery and Narration,” Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), “Enslavement, Identity, and Cross-Cultural Exchange,” University of Hull, January 24-26, 2012.

Research and Interests

  • 19th and 20th century African American literature
  • The African diaspora
  • memory and trauma         
  • Caribbean literature          
  • Brazilian literature
  • literary canon debates
  • the novel
  • racial mourning
  • poetry        
  • poetics of the Blues
  • representations of “race” and gender