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William Kelley Woolfitt

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William Kelley Woolfitt

William Kelley Woolfitt is a PhD candidate in English with a focus on African American literature. His dissertation, tentatively titled The Folk Imaginary in American Literature, 1885-1940, investigates the competing tensions for preservation and reform experienced by African Americans, Native Americans, and rural whites (particularly Appalachians) that resulted as each group came to be identified both as a repository of rich folk customs and as a social problem. His scholarly and creative writings have been published or are forthcoming in African American ReviewIndiana ReviewMid-American ReviewCincinnati ReviewNew Ohio Review, and Shenandoah, among others.  William served as a research assistant in fall 2011 and spring 2012.