Brent Hayes Edwards

Brent Hayes Edwards is a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, where he teaches courses in African diasporic literature, black radical historiography, and jazz studies.

His books include: The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism, which was awarded the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association and the Gilbert Chinard prize of the Society for French Historical Studies; and scholarly editions of classic works by Frederick Douglass, Joseph Conrad, and W.E.B. Du Bois. His translations include Michel Leiris’s Phantom Africa, for which he was awarded a 2012 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant.

Edwards’s most recent publications include a scholarly edition of the great Jamaican writer Claude McKay’s last novel, Amiable with Big Teeth, co-edited with Jean-Christophe Cloutier, and the monograph Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination.

Edwards was a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.


selected bibliography

Phantom Africa, translated by Brent Hayes Edwards
Phantom Africa (2017)
Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination by Brent Hayes Edwards
Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (2017)
Amiable with Big Teeth, edited by Brent Hayes Edwards
Amiable with Big Teeth (2017)
The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism by Brent Hayes Edwards
The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (2003)

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online resources

Profile of Brent Hayes Edwards

Video: Roundtable discussion of Amiable with Big Teeth