Eleanor W. Traylor

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Eleanor W. TraylorEleanor W. Traylor, Graduate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at Howard University, is a scholar and critic in African-American literature and criticism. Traylor is a graduate of Spelman College, Atlanta University, and Catholic University. She later received a Merrill Scholarship to the Stuttgarter Hochschule in West Germany and a research fellowship to study at the Institute of African Studies in Ghana and Nigeria. Her work has appeared in the form of chapter essays, biographies, articles, and papers on such writers as Larry Neal, Henry Dumas, Toni Cade Bambara, Margaret Walker, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Richard Wright. She is the author of Broad Sympathy: The Howard University Oral Traditions Reader (1996), The Humanities and Afro-American Literary Tradition (1988), a multimedia piece entitled “The Dream Awake: A Spoken Arts Production” (1968), College Reading Skills (1966), and biographical and cultural scripts for the Smithsonian Institution’s Program in Black American Culture. Traylor has taught at Georgetown University, Tougaloo College, Cornell University, and others, and was the department chair for the U.S. Department of Agriculture English program. She has also held advisory roles with the D.C. Repertory Theater Company, the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Black Arts Festival, and Educators for the Advancement of African-American Literature in the (Public) Schools, which Traylor established. She is currently working on a book on the pedagogy of African-American literature.


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