Xavier Lee is a first-year doctoral student from South Orange, NJ. He received is Bachelors in comparative literature from Swarthmore College in 2017. His research mainly focuses on contemporary West African, West Indian and African-American prose and cinema of French and English expression. His interests include Black cultural aesthetics, postcolonial and neocolonial thought, migration, Black feminism/womanism, language policy & literature, vernacularity, Black spatial production and class critique. Relying on theorists from a variety of disciplines, such as Louis Althusser, Michel Foucault and Frantz Fanon, in his work which weaves critical theory with cultural studies, Xavier tries to answer questions of Black political and cultural aesthetics as a continuum from the colonial/Jim Crow era towards the present era. Within the field of comparative literature, his work pushes the idea of the marginalized presence of Africa and the West Indies by challenging the relationality and relatability of these literatures in relation to the national literary traditions of the United Kingdom, the United States and France, while also highlighting the unique processes of creolization, cosmopolitanism and social becoming which Black immigrants face abroad.
Critical Theory and Philosophy; Cultural History; English and Anglophone Literature; Fiction; Film; Literary Theory; Romance Languages
French, Haitian Creole