Dr. Violet Harrington Bryan

Professor of English
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1981
M.A., Harvard University, 1972
B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1970

Specialties: African American Literature, Medicine and Literature, New Orleans Literature, Black Women Writers, Women Witers of African Diaspora

Violet Harrington Bryan is a Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana. She has her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her book, The Myth of New Orleans in Literature: Dialogues of Race and Gender (U of Tennessee P, 1993) has been read widely. She has contributed a literary biography of Lorenzo Thomas and an entry on African American Poetry Collectives to the Encyclopedia of American Poetry, edited by Jeffrey Gray, James McCorkle and Mary Balkun (Greenwood, 2005); she has also published an analysis of the writings of the New Orleans writer, Marcus Christian in Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color, edited by Sybil Kein (LSU Press, 2000); and a discussion of the 20th century African American literary community in Literary New Orleans in the Modern World, edited by Richard Kennedy (LSU Press, 1998). She has published essays on a number of African American and Louisiana writers in journals such as WarpLand: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, the Xavier Review, and the CLA Journal.

At Xavier Dr. Bryan teaches classes in World Literature, African American Literature, African American Studies, and seminars in such areas as Women Writers of the African Diaspora, Medicine and Literature, and New Orleans Writers. She is sponsor of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.

Professor Bryan may be contacted at: (504) 520-7635 or by e-mail at vbryan@xula.edu.