Terrence Tucker is an associate professor of African American literature in the Department of English. Dr. Tucker‘s works focuses on late 20th century and 21st century African American literature. His research interests center around post-Civil Rights, or post-soul, literature and drama. They involve expressions of humor and militancy, representations of the black elite, black masculinity, Afrofuturism, and black popular culture. His work reflects these interests in articles and book chapters that have covered Walter Mosley, Ernest Gaines, and black superheroes, and The Boondocks. His first book, Furiously Funny: Comic Rage from Ralph Ellison to Chris Rock (University Press of Florida, 2018) examines the simultaneous expression of humor and rage from authors like Ralph Ellison and Ishmael Reed as well as comics such as Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, and Chris Rock that use humor to articulate militant rage at racist oppression. Furiously Funny has been nominated for the first book prize by the Modern Language Association and the American Studies Association. He is currently working on a book projects around representations of the black elite and on the remigration of African Americans to the south and the current southern black literary renaissance.
Dr. Tucker is the coordinator of the African American literature concentration in the English department. In this role he has led and helped organize multiple panel discussions that extend learning beyond the classroom. He is currently the chair of the host committee for the College Language Association, the premier organization for the study of African American literature, which will bring its annual convention to Memphis in 2020. He has spoken in the Memphis community about James Baldwin in the contemporary society, on the Ava Duvernay film on the Central Park Five, and has organized workshop for K-12 teachers in Shelby County School system. He is committed to the relationship between the public university and the larger community. Dr. Tucker is honored to be the incoming convener for the CoRS as we establish the Center for Social Justice and Healing, which stands to be a crucial bridge between the university and the Bluff City.