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Courtney Brown

Born in California, raised (mostly) in Texas, and now living in Tennessee, Courtney Brown is a second-year English Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt. Specializing in late 20th- and early 21st-century African-American literature and film, her work focuses primarily on issues of identity and interiority; racial ambiguity and notions of authenticity; performance and performativity; and community, boundaries, and belonging, particularly in an increasingly digital landscape. Her work also takes on questions of media, genre, and form, on the ways that texts themselves can perform or negate their own content.