University professor. Born– February 27, 1948, Mantua. Parents– Terrell and Unareed (Burton) Harris. Education– Stillman College, A.B., 1972; Ohio State University, M.A., 1972, Ph.D., 1973. Taught English at College of William and Mary, 1973-1979; University of North Carolina after 1979. Member, Modern Language Association of America, College Language Association, American Folklore Society, and Association of African and African American Folklorists.


Contemporary Authors, Vol. 115.


Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin. Knoxville, Tenn.; University of Tennessee Press, 1985.

Exorcising Blackness; Historical and Literary Lynching and Burning Rituals. Bloomington, Ind.; Indiana University Press, 1985.

Fiction and Folklore; the Novels of Toni Morrison. Knoxville, Tenn.; University of Tennessee Press, 1991.

From Mammies to Militants; Domestics in Black American Literature. Philadelphia; Temple University Press, 1982.


Selected Works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. New York; Oxford University Press, 1991.

Note; Editor of several Afro-American writer reference works for Gale Research, Detroit.