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Anthony Foy

Associate Professor of English Literature

Anthony Foy

Professor Foy specializes in African American literature and culture, and he teaches courses on the African American novel, post-Civil Rights black culture and the literature of black Philadelphia. He is currently writing a book on African American autobiography from 1877 to 1965; in it, he considers the influence of racial uplift ideologies on black self-presentation in the 20th century.

Foy received his B.A. from UCLA and his Ph.D. from Yale University.


Listen to Anthony Foy discuss black autobiography from the early 20th century and the unique challenges posed by evolving racial discourses.

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