Emily Ruth Rutter is the author of two books: Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line (University Press of Mississippi, May 2018), and The Blues Muse: Race, Gender, and Musical Celebrity in American Poetry (University of Alabama Press, Fall 2018). Her essays about African American and Multi-Ethnic American literature have been published in the journals African American Review, South Atlantic Review, Studies in American Culture, Aethlon, and MELUS. Her book chapter on African American women poets appears in A Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry.
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Ph.D. in English
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2014.
M.A. in English
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2008.
B.A. in History
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2000.
Research and Publications
Books and Editing
- Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line (University Press of Mississippi, Spring 2018).
- The Blues Muse: Race, Gender, and Musical Celebrity in American Poetry (University of Alabama Press, Fall 2018).
- Co-Editor, Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era (Forthcoming, Routledge, October 2019).
- Co-Editor, “Women and Archives,” Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature (Forthcoming, Spring 2021).
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
- “Reckoning with the Ghost of Fleet Walker” in Adam Mansbach’s Angry Black White Boy or, The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay. Aethlon 33.2 (2018): 1-18.
- “Barry Beckham’s Runner Mack and the Tradition of Black Baseball Literature.” MELUS 42.1 (2017): 74-93.
- “‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’: A Contrafactual Reading of Percival Everett’s Suder and Bernard Malamud’s The Natural.” Aethlon 32.1 (2017): 43-57.
- “Contested Lineages: Fred Moten, Terrance Hayes, and the Legacy of Amiri Baraka.” African American Review 49.4 (2016): 329-342.
- “Twentieth-Century African American Women’s Poetry.” A History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry. Ed. Linda A. Kinnahan. New York: Cambridge UP (2016): 123-137.
- “‘Isolated Togetherness’: Archival Performances in Harmony Holiday’s Negro League Baseball.” Studies in American Culture 38.1 (2015): 7-21.
- “‘Belch the pity! / Straddle the city!’: Helene Johnson’s Late Poetry and the Rhetoric of Empowerment.” African American Review 47.4 (2015): 495-509.
- “‘the story usually being’: Revising the Posthumous Legacy of Huddie Ledbetter in Tyehimba Jess’s leadbelly.” South Atlantic Review 77.1-2 (2015): 58-78.
- “The Blues Tribute Poem and the Legacies of Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey and Bessie Smith.” MELUS 39.4 (2014): 69-91.
- “‘It is not death / it is being’: The Blues in the Poetry of the BLKARTSOUTH Collective.” The CEA Critic 74.2-3 (2012): 100-121.