Carla Kaplan


Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature; Ph.D. Northwestern University

Research areas and interests

American Literature, Modern Literature and Culture, African American Literature and History, Feminist Theory, Women’s Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Literary Theory, Cultural Studies

Founding Director, Northeastern University Humanities Center

Selected Publications

Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters (2002), listed as a “Best of 2002” book by the New York Times Book Review

The Erotics of Talk: Women’s Writing and Feminist Paradigms (1996).

Editor of several books, including:

  • Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk Tales from the Gulf States originally collected by Zora Neale Hurston (2001)
  • Norton Critical Edition of Nella Larsen’s novel Passing (forthcoming).

Current book projects:

  • Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (HarperCollins, 2013). In support of this project, Professor Kaplan has been awarded a New York Public Library Cullman Center fellowship (2006-2007), a Guggenheim fellowship (2007-2008), and a W. E. B. DuBois Institute Research Fellowship (2007-2008).
  • Two additional books, a Norton Critical Edition of Nella Larsen’s Quicksand and a biography of Jessica Mitford, are currently under contract.