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Jonquil Bailey is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Miami. Her research interests center on the role of self-deception in representations of slavery and its aftermath in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. Her dissertation, "Race as in Self-Deception and Race in the American Literary Imagination," analyzes the fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison to demonstrate how self-deception has historically sustained racial subjugation in the United States, and explores how American authors have understood, and sometimes overlooked, self-deception's effects on racial politics.

Sika A. Dagbovie-Mullins is an associate professor in the department of English at Florida Atlantic University. Her book, Crossing B(l)ack: Mixed Race Identity in Modern American Fiction and Culture (University of Tennessee Press, 2013), recognizes and examines assertions of a black-centered mixed-race identity that does not divorce premodern racial identity from postmodern racial fluidity. Her current research focuses on representations of slavery in contemporary African American fiction.

Emily J. Lordi is an associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the author of two books: Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature (Rutgers UP, 2013) and Donny Hathaway Live (Bloomsbury, 2016). She is writing a book about soul aesthetics.

Michael O. West is professor of sociology, Africana studies, and history at Binghamton University as well as chair of sociology. He has published broadly in the fields of southern African history, pan-Africanism, African studies, African diaspora studies, and African American studies. His current research centers on the Black Power movement in global perspectives. His works include the following authored and coedited books: The Rise of an African Middle Class: Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890–1965; Out of One, Many Africas: Reconstructing the Study and Meaning of Africa; and From Toussaint to Tupac: The Black International Since the Age of Revolution. [End Page 101]