Eric Atkinson

Daniel width=B.A. in English Literature, California State University, San Bernardino, 2008

M.A. in English Composition, California State University, San Bernardino, 2011

Eric’s CV


Erica Edwards (Chair), Vorris Nunley, Keith Harris

Research Areas:

African American Literature, Griot Studies, Comic Books, Science Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction

Research Interests:

My research explores how the visual and lexical depictions, found within the comic, not only use the body itself as a means to create a story, but also how the body itself tells a story of authorial practices and social attitudes concerning cultural images and representation. I envision my dissertation focusing on how post 9/11 visual depictions of the African American body, particularly those narratives that are rendered by African American artists, uses the traditional tropes of the blacks body’s physicality as an inverse: instead of depicting characters as reductively violent, miscegenistic, or risible, I argue that the same tropes are used historigraphically, as a means of cultural recovery, as a means of sovereignty, and in the griot sense, a dissemination tool.

Recent Activity:

Publications –

“to get there.” Foothill: a journal of poetry 2.1: 2012. Spring.

“The Griot: The Rhetorical Impetus of African American Fiction.” Gnovis Journal 11.2, Spring 2011

“Migraine.” The Pacific Review 28, California State University, San Bernardino,

Conferences –

“The Speaking Body: Somaesthetics as Language in the Visual Narrative”. ALA Boston, MA (23-26 May 2013).

“(Re)newing the Through the Visual: Violence as a Means of Historicizing the Black Body”. PAMLA Seattle, WA (19-21 October 2012).

“The Cultural Self: The Novel as Griot in African American Fiction”. The Oklahoma State University Graduate Student Association, Stillwater, OK (4-5 March 2011).

“The Visual and Lyrical Narrative: The Gutter, Aesthetics and Theatrics In Graphic Novels”. Annual CSUN Sigma Tau Delta/Honors in English Colloquium, Northridge, CA (17 March 2008). 19th Annual Student Research Conference, San Bernardino, CA. (5 June 2009).

“Adaptations of As You Like It: Transvestism and Phallocentrism”. PCA/ACA Conference, New Orleans, LA (2009).

“On The Down Beat: Comparing Expression, Improvisation and History in Bop and Hip-Hop Theatre”. PCA/ACA International Conference, San Francisco, CA (19 April 2008). McNair Scholars Symposium, San Bernardino, CA (31 July 2007). 16th Ronald E. McNair Scholars Research Conference, Lake Delavan, WI. (3 Nov 2007).

“Kemet is Not Egypt: The Misclassification of African American Literature in the Science Fiction Genre”. McNair Scholars Symposium, San Bernardino, CA. (2 Aug 2006).

Professional Organizations:

  • Student Liaison for Southern California Children’s Literature Association Conference, CSUSB, San Bernardino, CA (2010)
  • Winner of the Black Theatre Network’s S. Randolph Edmunds Young Scholar Essay Competition (2008)
  • Honors Graduate, CSUSB, San Bernardino, CA, (2008)
  • CSUSB School of Arts & Letters English Dept Commencement Speaker (June 2008)
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, (2006-2008)
  • Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, San Bernardino, CA, (2007)
  • Undergraduate representative for English Department Chair Nomination, San Bernardino, CA (March 2008)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, San Bernardino, CA, (2009)
    Phi Theta Kappa (2003)