Martha H. Patterson

Martha H. Patterson

Professor of English, McKendree University
Fall 2020: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow
Martha Patterson

Martha H. Patterson is currently working on two book-length projects: a monograph The Harlem Renaissance Weekly: African American Newspaper Fiction: 1919-1935 and an edited collection of period essays on the New Negro with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Gene Andrew Jarrett to be published by Princeton Univeresity Press. Her past books include Beyond the Gibson Girl: Reimagining the American New Woman, 1895-1915. (Illinois, 2005) and The American New Woman Revisited: A Reader, 1894-1930 (Rutgers, 2008). She is Professor of English at McKendree University.

The Harlem Renaissance Weekly

The Harlem Renaissance Weekly examines the work of both major and minor African American writers who published their work serially in popular black newspapers from the teens, through the twenties and thirties. The project uncovers African American writers and works that have been lost or forgotten within the pages of what most considered an ephemeral medium—newspapers. The stories these newspaper writers told were frequently written quickly and under deadline with the objective of selling papers and making a living. It promises to make a significant contribution to African American studies by highlighting one of the most important vehicles for black protest, affirmation, and literary accomplishment--the immensely rich landscape of American black newspapers.