about

My name is Xavier Lee. I’m 24 years old and I’m from South Orange, New Jersey. I am a PhD student at Yale University, where I study comparative literature. My research examines questions of self-perception, identity and historical consciousness in novels written by Black authors of the Atlantic World. My working languages are English and French. I’m currently working on my dissertation project, which examines the significance of slavery in Black historical literature of the postcolonial epoch (~1960 – present). In it, I use novels by Black authors like Edouard Glissant, Léonora Miano and Toni Morrison to theorize a set of significance changes in the historical consciousness of slavery in the Black Atlantic World at the close of European colonialism and segregation.

I started this blog as a repository for my thoughts and opinions on the world around me, typically guided by my current studies as a student of comparative literature and critical theory at Swarthmore College. Now that I’m at Yale, the blog is serving as a vessel for all sorts of writing about academia, blackness, ability and identity. I like to cover a wide array of topics, from being a student, to race and gender, to mental “illness,” to community. I also like to provide tips and tricks for the process of conducting research and pursuing a career in academia.

This blog is a roadmap of my experiences throughout my undergraduate and graduate school journey. It has a markedly confessional and academic flavor. If you want to contact me, you can email me at xgerardlee@gmail.com.

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