In her new book, Hillary Chute, professor of English and art & design, delves not just into the superhero phenomenon but also the essence of comics’ appeal more broadly and how the art form differentiates itself from others...
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Carla Kaplan, a professor of English and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, holds the Davis Distinguished Professorship in American Literature and writes on modern, African-American, and women’s history and culture. She has published five books, including the award-winning Miss Anne in Harlem: the White Women of the Black Renaissance (HarperCollins) and Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters (Doubleday/Anchor), both New York Times Notable Books, and writes occasionally for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Nation. Forthcoming books include Queen of the Muckrakers: the Life of Jessica Mitford, also with HarperCollins and a Norton Critical Edition of Nella Larsen’s Passing. Kaplan founded the Northeastern Humanities Center and has been a resident fellow at numerous humanities centers and institutes, including the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York City Public Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Kaplan has received teaching awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and elsewhere. She is a recently elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians.