Joseph Lewis

Bio/Description

Joseph L. Lewis is a humanities scholar whose research is grounded in literary and rhetorical theory. As a literary theorist, he specializes in narratology in Afro-gothic literature. As a rhetorician, he specializes in Black activist rhetoric and the rhetoric of apology. Currently, he is working on two book projects. The first, tentatively titled “Black Horror: Monstrous Beasts in Black Fiction and Black Life,” shows how the presence of the Black body in American literature and film disturbs Western notions of monstrosity and fear. The second book project probes the connection between the Black body, rhetoric, and student protest movements in the United States and South Africa.