Noelle Morrissette

Noelle Morrissette

Office: MHRA 3135



Ph.D. Yale University-2002
M.Phil. Yale University-1997
M.A. Yale University-1995
B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst-1992

Research Interests

Dr. Morrissette’s interests include African American and American literature and culture, inclusive of Black popular culture, visual and sound arts, and literary history. She’s broadly interested in poetry and poetics, biography and autobiography, gender and sexuality, and law and literature as approaches to literary study. Dr. Morrissette also has a background in African and Caribbean literatures.

Selected Publications

  • James Weldon Johnson’s Modern Soundscapes, 1900-1938. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2013.
  • Juang, Richard, and Noelle Morrissette, Eds. Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas: History, Culture and Politics. 3 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2008.
  • Introduction and Note on the Text. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and Other Writings, by James Weldon Johnson. Barnes and Noble Classics Edition. New York: Fine Creative Media, 2007. xv-xli.
  • “‘Both the Law and Its Transgression’: Toni Morrison’s Paradise and Post-BlackFeminism.” Cultural Sites of Critical Insight: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and African American and Native American Women’s Writings. Ed. Christa Davis Acampora. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2007. 139-157.
  • “‘Past Performances of the Negro’”: James Weldon Johnson’s Black Manhattan.”Obsidian III: Black Literature in Review5.2 (2004): 151-168.

Awards and Honors

  • Lillian Gary Taylor Visiting Fellowship in American Literature, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections, University of Virginia. Summer 2014.
  • Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2013-2014.
  • Marc C. Friedlaender Faculty Excellence Award, English Department, UNCG, 2012-2013, 2008-2009.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship Endowment, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2009-2010.
  • Donald C. Gallup Fellowship in American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, 2009-2010.


James Weldon Johnson’s Modern Soundscapes