Remarkable Receptions

By Howard Rambsy II

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A podcast about popular and critical responses to African American novels.

Episode Date
Frequently Featured Authors in the CLA Journal -- ep. by Kenton Rambsy and Howard Rambsy II
198

A short take on six frequently featured authors in the College Language Association  (CLA) Journal.

Written by Kenton Rambsy and Howard Rambsy II

Read by Kassandra Timm.

Feb 03, 2023
Frequently Featured Authors in African American Review -- ep. by Kenton Rambsy and Howard Rambsy II
217

A short take on six frequently featured authors in African American Review.

Written by Kenton Rambsy and Howard Rambsy II

Read by Kassandra Timm.


Jan 31, 2023
The most African American literature courses in the country -- ep. by Howard Rambsy II
231

A short take on the large number of African American literature courses offered at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Written by Howard Rambsy II

Read by Kassandra Timm

Jan 29, 2023
August Wilson -- ep. by Nicole Dixon
162

A short take on  August Wilson and film adaptations of his work. 

Written by Nicole Dixon.

Read by Kassandra Timm.

Jan 22, 2023
Blade, Vampire Hunter
195

A short take on the rise of Marvel's vampire hunter. 

Written by Stephyn Phillips.

Read by Kassandra Timm.

Jan 10, 2023
Novelist and Television writer, Nichelle Tramble Spellman -- ep. by Nicole Dixon and Howard Rambsy II
180

A short take on novelist-turned-television writer and producer, Nichelle Tramble Spellman. 

Nicole Dixon and Howard Rambsy II.



Read by Kassandra Timm.

Dec 29, 2022
Marc Olden, a prolific, largely unknown novelist -- ep. by Howard Rambsy II
197

A short take on Marc Olden -- a prolific,  less well-known novelist. 

Written by Howard Rambsy II

Read by Kassandra Timm.

Dec 21, 2022
Storm -- ep. by Stephyn Phillips
178

A short take on Storm, an African woman who has the power to control weather. 

Written by Stephyn Phillips

Read by Gigi Monroe



Dec 18, 2022
The 50th Episode of Remarkable Receptions - ep. by Howard Rambsy II
201

A short take about our podcast -- a project that offers commentary about popular and critical responses to African American novels, novelists, and more. 

Written by Howard Rambsy II

Read by Kassandra Timm.

Dec 16, 2022
Waiting to Exhale film adaptation - ep. by Nicole Dixon
207

A short take on the adaption of the novel Waiting to Exhale into a film.

Written by Nicole Dixon

Read by Kassandra Timm.

Dec 15, 2022
Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Midnight Angels - ep. by Howard Rambsy II
197

A short take on how Ta-Nehisi Coates envisions a team of women special forces in the comic book Black Panther.
Written by Howard Rambsy II
Read by Kassandra Timm. 

Dec 08, 2022
HBW's Novel Collection
200

A short take on the History of Black Writing's expansive collection of novels. 
Written by Howard Rambsy II
Read by Kassandra Timm

Dec 02, 2022
African American Literature Survey Courses -- ep. by Elizabeth Cali and Howard Rambsy II
233

A short take on surveys of African American literature.
Written by Elizabeth Cali and Howard Rambsy II
Read by Kassandra Timm.

Nov 30, 2022
The Bench by the Road Project -- ep. by Howard Rambsy II
174

A short take on the Toni Morrison Society's Bench by the Road project.

Written by Howard Rambsy II

Read by Kassandra Timm.

Nov 30, 2022
One of the smartest characters in African American fiction -- ep. by Howard Rambsy II
182

A short take on a character that many readers view as one of the smartest characters in African American fiction. 
Episode by Howard Rambsy II
Read by Kassandra Timm

Nov 17, 2022
Oprah Winfrey, Film, and African American literature -- ep. by Nicole Dixon
179

A short take on Oprah Winfrey's contributions to film and African American literature. 
Written by Nicole Dixon
Read by Kassandra Timm

Nov 17, 2022
The Green Lantern (John Stewart) -- ep. Stephyn Phillips
183

A short take on John Stewart, an African American character who became the premier Green Lantern for a generation of fans.
Episode by Stephyn Phillips
Read by Gigi Monroe

Nov 03, 2022
The Color Purple musical adaptation -- ep. by Carmin Wong
230

A short take on responses to a novel-turned-musical. 
Episode by Carmin Wong
Read by Kassandra Timm

Oct 24, 2022
Read black novels, find Harriet Jacobs’s legacy -- Elizabeth Cali
236

Among the most taught, most discussed, most notable novels by Black women, we can trace Harriet Jacobs’s legacy. 
Episode by Elizabeth Cali
Read by Gigi Monroe

Oct 22, 2022
The Color Purple film adaptation -- ep. by Nicole Dixon
187

A short take on responses to a novel-turned-film.  
Episode by Nicole Dixon
Read by Kassandra Timm

Oct 10, 2022
The Bluest Eye doesn’t go down easy -- Kathryn Warren
207

Are the people who ban books ever right, if only by accident? 
Episode by Kathryn Warren

Kathryn Hamilton Warren is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Arlington. She specializes in American literature.


Read by Kassandra Timm

Oct 05, 2022
Static Shock -- episode by Stephyn Phillips
180

A short take on how Static and Static Shock reflect the expanded dimension of novelistic storytelling by Black creative thinkers.   
Episode by Stephyn Phillips
Read by GiGi Monroe

Sep 22, 2022
Black men novelists and intellectual traditions -- ep. by Howard Rambsy II
239

A short take on an interconnected thread of intellectualism in novels by black men.
Episode by Howard Rambsy 
Episode read by Kassandra Timm.

Sep 17, 2022
Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale -- episode by Aneeka Ayanna Henderson
261

Terry McMillan's novel was among a chorus of late twentieth-century books that signaled a reawakening in the African American cultural imagination and revealed a strong interest in the representation of Black love, romance, and marriage.
Episode by Aneeka Ayanna Henderson.
Episode read by Kassandra Timm.

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Aneeka Ayanna Henderson is a professor of American Studies at Amherst College. She is the  author of Veil and Vow: Marriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture.



Sep 08, 2022
How Students Connect to Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal"
188

A short take on how students at a college in Georgia respond to Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal."
Episode by Jennifer Colatosti.
Read by Kassandra Timm.

Jennifer Colatosti is Associate Professor and Interim Associate Chair of English at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. She writes fiction and creative nonfiction, and since 2018 has co-organized the literary festival Revival: Lost Southern Voices.

Sep 07, 2022
The Mixed Results of Sutton Griggs's debut -- episode by John Gruesser
179

Despite revieing positive reviews, why  did Sutton Griggs have some unfavorable feelings about the circumstances surrounding his first book?
Episode by John Gruesser.
Read by GiGi Monroe.

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Senior Research Scholar at Sam Houston State University, John Gruesser is the author of A Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs: The Man on the Firing Line (Oxford University Press 2022), the editor of Animals in the American Classics: How Natural History Inspired Great Fiction (Texas A&M University Press 2022), and the co-editor of a scholarly edition of Griggs’s 1905-06 novel The Hindered Hand (West Virginia University Press 2017), a Broadview Edition of Pauline E. Hopkins's 1901-02 serial novel Hagar's Daughter (2021), and African American Writers Respond to Poe, a special issue of the journal Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation (2023).

Sep 06, 2022
Black women writers courses - episode by Howard Rambsy II
297

Here's a short take on where all those Black Women Writers courses come from. 
Episode by Howard Rambsy II.
Read by Kassandra Timm. 

Sep 03, 2022
Angie Thomas and Literary Activism - episode by Ebony Lumumba
264

Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give  found a raw edge that audiences were keen to address. 

Episode written by Ebony Lumumba, Ph.D. -- an associate professor and chair of English at Jackson State University.  She writes, teaches, and thinks most about Black women's resistance and Global South literature.

The episode is read by Kassandra Timm. 

Aug 26, 2022
Frances E. W. Harper's Iola Leroy - episode by Emily VanDette
195

College students are often excited to discuss the subtle radicalism of Iola Leroy by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. 
Episode by Emily VanDette -- Professor of English at SUNY Fredonia.

Aug 18, 2022
African American Novels and the 1990s
552

The 1990s gave way to a vibrant literary outpouring of African American novels that offered myriad representational possibilities freeing readers and writers alike.
 
Episode by Richard Schur -- Professor of English at Drury University. He is the author of Parodies of Ownership: Hip-Hop Aesthetics and Intellectual Property Law and co-editor (with Lovalerie King) of Justice Unveiled: African American Culture and the Law.
Episode read by Kassandra Timm

Aug 18, 2022
Graphic Novel--On Truth Red, White & Black -- episode by Stephyn Phillips
205

A graphic novel engages black history and Captain America.
Episode by Stephyn Phillips. Read by Kassandra Timm.  

Aug 05, 2022
"The Sisterhood, 1977" photograph -- episode by Courtney Thorsson
259

A brief take on a photo titled "The Sisterhood, 1977," which has been a source of inspiration for countless readers and viewers. 
Episode by Courtney Thorsson. Read by Kassandra Timm. 

Courtney Thorsson, an associate professor in the English Department at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Women’s Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women's Novels and The Sisterhood: Black Women's Literary Organizing, an interpretive cultural history of The Sisterhood forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Courtney is grateful to poet and scholar Harryette Mullen for her work to correctly identify the women in the photo. 

Aug 03, 2022
The Story of Battle Royal - episode by Kenton Rambsy
175

How an excerpt from an upcoming novel became a popular short story. 
Episode by Kenton Rambsy.

Aug 03, 2022
Black Writers & Afro-Mississippians -- episode by C. Liegh McInnis
209

Here's why Richard Wright’s autobiography Black Boy, Margaret Walker Alexander’s novel Jubilee and John Oliver Killens’s novel ‘Sippi are held in high regard by most black folks from Mississippi.
Episode by C. Liegh McInnis -- poet, short story writer, author of eight books, former editor of Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and nationally noted Prince scholar. 

Jul 27, 2022
The Evolving Reception of The Bluest Eye -- episode by Richard Schur
623

Here's how a book can be initially misunderstood and ignored, then gain literary recognition and acclaim, become adopted by the education system and taught broadly, and then become banned. 

Episode by Richard Schur.  Read by Kassandra Timm. 

Jul 26, 2022
Richard Wright's Native Son -- episode by Joseph G. Ramsey
1025

The story of Richard Wright’s Native Son, the first black American best-seller, a novel that is both a shocking page-turner, and a philosophical provocation stirring controversy to this day. 

Episode by Joseph G. Ramsey, a professor of English and American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.   Read by Kassandra Timm

Jul 23, 2022
Toni Morrison and the Seven Days -- episode by Abbey Morgan
207

Here's how high school students at a school in Maryland responded to Toni Morrison's the Seven Days from Song of Solomon.  
Episode by Abbey Morgan. 

Jul 11, 2022
Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man - episode by Laura Vrana
720
Here's the story of how Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man became a defining midcentury Black novel. 
Episode by Laura Vrana
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jul 04, 2022
Trudier Harris’s prolific scholarship on African American Novels -- episode by Howard Rambsy II
249

A brief discussion of the prolific scholarship on African American novels by scholar Trudier Harris.
Episode by Howard Rambsy II
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 29, 2022
Paul Beatty and the Booker Prize – episode by Cameron Leader-Picone
192

Paul Beatty’s novel The Sellout became the first novel by an American to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2016.
Episode by Cameron Leader-Picone 

Jun 29, 2022
Colson Whitehead and Vocabulary – episode by Howard Rambsy II
212

College students at one university have expressed a range of feelings about the many new words that they encounter when reading Colson Whitehead’s novel The Intuitionist
Episode by Howard Rambsy II
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 29, 2022
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) – episode by Shanna Benjamin
851

The multifaceted responses to a novel about a Black woman becoming
Episode written by Shanna G. Benjamin 
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 29, 2022
Toni Morrison and Vocabulary – episode by Howard Rambsy II
206

What can we learn about the differences among the 11 novels Toni Morrison published when we consider her word usage?
Episode by Howard Rambsy II

Jun 29, 2022
Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929) – episode by Donavan Ramon
977

The stories behind the reception to Larsen’s novel.
Episode written by Donavan Ramon 
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 29, 2022
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple – episode by Kathy Lou Schultz
949

The multifaceted responses to Walker’s novel
Episode written by Kathy Lou Schultz 
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 29, 2022
Pauline Hopkins’s Hagar's Daughter – episode by Alisha Knight
793

Key responses to a murder mystery published in the early 20th century
Episode written by Alisha Knight 
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 29, 2022
Black cultural mythology and Song of Solomon -- episode by Christel Temple
294

A fresh conceptual framework emerges that gives us tools to discover unique ways to engage with classic novels, like Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon.
Episode by Christel Temple 
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 29, 2022
Ernest Gaines and film -- episode by Keith Clark
239

A brief narrative about Ernest Gaines's novel The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman being adapted into a movie and becoming an instant classic. 
Episode by Keith Clark
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 29, 2022
Paul Beatty and Vocabulary – episode by Howard Rambsy II
200

Who would’ve thought that a joke-telling novelist would have one of the largest vocabularies in African American literature? 
Episode by Howard Rambsy II
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 29, 2022
Reading Jesmyn Ward at Parchman -- episode by Ebony Lumumba
230

Men of various backgrounds and identities who are all incarcerated at Parchman met weekly to discuss Jesmyn Ward’s novel.
Episode by Ebony Lumumba  
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Ebony Lumumba, Ph.D. is an associate professor and chair of English at Jackson State University.  She writes, teaches, and thinks most about Black women's resistance and Global South literature.

Jun 29, 2022
Octavia Butler and Wikipedia -- episode by Howard Rambsy II and Kenton Rambsy
220

Why did Octavia Butler become so popular on Wikipedia in 2018?

Episode written by Howard Rambsy II and Kenton Rambsy 

Jun 29, 2022
The Largest Vocabulary in African American Lit. -- episode by Howard Rambsy II
172

Have you ever wondered about the African American novels with the largest vocabularies? A look at literary data offers some answers. 

Episode by Howard Rambsy II

Jun 28, 2022
3 Novels, 3 Years: Pauline Hopkins - episode by Elizabeth Cali
268

Pauline Hopkins published three novels in three years. How did she do it?
Episode by Elizabeth Cali
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 28, 2022
Alice Randall's The Wind Done Gone -- episode by Richard Schur
209

Sometimes a novel proves controversial, and the writer finds herself in a courtroom.
Episode by Richard Schur
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Richard Schur is Professor of English Program at Drury University. He is the author of Parodies of Ownership: Hip-Hop Aesthetics and Intellectual Property Law and co-editor (with Lovalerie King) of Justice Unveiled: African American Culture and the Law.

Jun 28, 2022
Richard Wright's infamous review -- episode by Howard Rambsy II
236

In October 1937, an aspiring, 29-year-old author wrote a negative assessment of a recently published novel. Here's the story of what happened next.

Episode written by Howard Rambsy II
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 28, 2022
Toni Morrison's Beloved -- episode by Courtney Thorsson
907

The story of how Black writers and intellectuals made sure that Toni Morrison's novel would be acknowledged for decades. 
Episode written by Courtney Thorsson
The script was read by Kassandra Timm.

Jun 28, 2022
Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing -- episode by Ebony Lumumba
939

Understanding the reception to Ward’s novel  

Episode written by Ebony Lumumba. 

Ebony Lumumba, Ph.D. is an associate professor and chair of English at Jackson State University.  She writes, teaches, and thinks most about Black women's resistance and Global South literature.

Jun 28, 2022
Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad - episode by Howard Rambsy II and Elizabeth Cali
965

The extraordinary reception to a novel about an escape from slavery. 
Episode written by Howard Rambsy II and Elizabeth Cali   

Jun 28, 2022
Remarkable Receptions -- description
60

Remarkable Receptions is a podcast where scholars provide intriguing, unusual, illuminating, surprising, controversial, popular, and little-known responses to African American novels.    

Jun 28, 2022