University of Minnesota
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature

Department of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies


Courtney L Gildersleeve


  • Caribbean Literature and Anti-Colonial Thought
  • The Representation and Memorialization of Transatlantic Slavery and Anti-Slavery Struggle
  • Poetry, Violence, and Historical Memory
  • Theories of Culture, Society, and the Task of the Intellectual

Educational Background

  • B.A. : Humanities: Romance Languages, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 2002.

Research Activities

  • Dissertation Work in Progress: "Writing Beyond Redress: Slavery and the Work of Literature"

Professional Activities

  • Transatlantic Summer Institute, Bayreuth Germany: "Reframing Mass Violence: Between the Holocaust and the Americas, Global Memory Constellations" , 12 June - 20 June, 2016
  • Haiti: Beyond Commemorations and Boundaries, Joint Graduate Student & Faculty Conference: Dept. of Romance Languages, University of Chicago, "Can a Statute Work 'Beyond Commemoration?': On Toussaint Louverture's Proliferation in Sculptural Form and Black Atlantic Solidarity" , 12 May - 14 May, 2016
  • 2016 ACLA Annual Conference, Harvard University. Panel: "Capitalism and Slavery in Literature": "Desafiando dos economĂ­as a la vez: Juan Francisco Manzano and the Writing of the Sugar Plantation” , March 2016
  • Writing Out Loud: Orality and Aurality in Literature Graduate Conference, Dept. of French & Italian, Princeton University: "Practitioners of Language: The 'Black Jacobins' contre l'imprisonnement de la parole" , 16 October 2015
  • Dissertation Writing Retreat: The Center for Writing and The Graduate School, University of Minnesota , 26 May - 11 June 2015
  • CSCL Graduate Student Colloquium: "The Repeating Toussaint: Encountering a Haitian Revolutionary in Bordeaux" , 24 April 2015
  • The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History Conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom: "Facing a Revolutionary: Toussaint Louverture in Bordeaux and Historical Reckoning" , 27-28 October, 2013
  • Holocaust, Genocide, Mass Violence Colloquium, University of Minnesota-TC: "Poetry, Damaged Life, and One Poem by Agha Shahid Ali" , 3 October 2013
  • CSCL Graduate Student Colloquium: "Another Space in Space, Another Time in Time: Latin American Letters & Thought in CSCL" , November 2011
  • CSCL Graduate Student Colloquium: "Something Like a Home: Three Reflections on Community, Work, and Solidarity" , March 2011
  • Contingent Communities Conference, Dept. of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota-TC: "The Bond and the Wound: On Poetry and Storytelling in Black Dog of Fate" , October 2010
  • 2010 ACLA Annual Conference, New Orleans: "Reading the Body-Voice of Juan Francisco Manzano" April 2010
  • 2010 Romance Studies Graduate Conference, University of Minnesota-TC: "Is the Scholar Human?: A Reading of Emerson's "The American Scholar" During the Crisis of the Humanities'" March 2010
  • Participant: Critical Pedagogy Reading Group , February 2013 - Present
  • Participant: Holocaust, Genocide, Mass Violence Colloquium , October 2012 - Present
  • Graduate Student Representative: College of Liberal Arts Assembly , October 2013 - May 2015
  • Department Representative : Council of Graduate Students , September 2013 - May 2015
  • Co-Chair : Graduate Student Association, CSCL , Fall 2009 - Fall 2011

Outreach Activities

  • Volunteer Coordinator : Project Chacocente (USA-Nicaragua) , May 2011 - Present


  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, Summer 2015
  • Edward W. Said Memorial Summer Language Fellowship, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, Summer 2012
  • Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, Bordeaux, France , October 2003 - June 2004
  • Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Award, Colgate University May 2002
  • Class of 1997 Award, Colgate University May 2002

Courses Taught

  • CSCL 1301W: Reading Culture: Theory and Practice, Fall 2011, Fall 2014
  • CSCL 1401W: Reading Literature: Theory and Practice, Spring & Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2014
  • CSCL 1501W: Reading History: Theory and Practice, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2012, Fall 2015
  • CSCL 3458W: The Body and the Politics of Representation, Spring 2015
  • CSCL 3621W: Colonial and Post-Colonial Literatures and Theory: 1700 to the present, Spring 2016
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