Promiscuous Listening, Episode 1 Resources

Since recording this episode, Dr. Wilburn was named Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Texas Christian University.

Here are some resources to support your listening:


· Amplification: A range of rhetorical strategies and kinds of expression, including the inventive use of figures of speech to develop an idea. To learn more, check out the discussion of figures of amplification on Silva Rhetoricae.

· Intersectionality: A framework for understanding the relationship between an individual’s social identities, like gender and race, and systems of oppression, including legal, political, economic, and environmental. To learn more, check out this video created by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

· Intertextuality: A literary theory for understanding the relationships among texts and their impact on how readers interpret a text. Resources to learn more include: Christopher Keep, Tim McLaughlin, and Robin Parmar, “Intertextuality,” The Electronic Labyrinth. 2000. 19 Nov 2007


· Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (watch video on YouTube:

· Cheryl A. Walls, Troubling the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, and Literary Tradition (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005). 

· A selection of African American writers/novels adapting and appropriating Milton: Phyllis Wheatley; Frances Harper; Sutton Griggs, Imperium in Imperio (1899); Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars (1900); Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937); Toni Morrison, Paradise (1997).

Selection of Dr. Wilburn’s scholarly publications:

· Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt: Appropriating Milton in Early African American Literature (Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 2014).

· “Getting ‘Uppity’ with Milton; or Because My Mom Politely Asked: ‘Was Milton Racist?,’” Milton Studies 62, no. 2 (2020):  266–279.

· “Malcolm X and African-American Literary Appropriations of Paradise Lost,” in Milton in Popular Culture, ed. Laura Lunger Knoppers and Gregory M. Colón Semenza (New York: Palgrave Macmillan US, 2015), 199-210.

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