Roland L. Williams, Jr.
1140 Anderson Hall
Roland L. Williams, Jr. teaches courses on African American culture and American society. Great grandson of an American slave, he was raised on Race Street in Philadelphia and earned his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote Black Male Frames: African American in a Century of Hollywood Cinema (1903-2003), following African American Autobiography and the Quest for Freedom. He has also written articles for African American Authors, Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, and Oxford Companion to African American Literature. The professor has provided reviews for African American Review, Journal of Modern Literature, and Research in African Literatures, plus the Journal of American Folklore. For volumes of the MLA Approaches to Teaching Series, he has contributed essays, including “Scrubbed from the Screen: The African American Perspective in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” His next book, entitled Paragons of Discretion, covers African American figures in American fiction that favor Rinehart in Invisible Man who constitutes a maestro of improvisation, a marvel of ingenuity.
Paragons of Discretion: African American Figures in American Fiction,
Black Male Frames: African American in a Century of Hollywood Cinema
(1903-2003), Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014.
“Types of a Tradition: Dutchman, A Raisin in the Sun, and the His-tory of
Minstrel Theater.” Approaches to Teaching Amiri Baraka’s
Dutchman. NY: Modern Language Association, in press.
“Scrubbed from the Screen: The African American Perspective in
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” Approaches to Teaching
Ernest Gaines’s The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Other
Works.NY: Modern Language Association, forthcoming.