W. Lawrence Hogue

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John and Rebecca Moores Professor

  • Phone: (713) 743-2950
  • Email: whogue@uh.edu
  • Office: 221B Roy Cullen Building

W. Lawrence Hogue received his PhD in Modern Thought & Literature from Stanford University, with an emphasis on 20th Century American literature, U S Minority literatures, and Critical Theory.  He was one of the first critics to raise questions about literary production, representation, and canon formation in African American literature, opening up an entirely new area of intellectual inquiry. He is the author of Discourse and the Other:  The Production of the Afro-American Text, which has been republished as an e-book (Duke 1986), Race, Modernity, Post-modernity:  A Look at the History and the Literatures of People of Color Since the 1960s (SUNY 1996), The African American Male, Writing, and Difference:  A Polycentric Approach to African American Literature, Criticism, and History (SUNY 2003), and Postmodern American Literature and Its Other (Illinois 2009).  He wrote the introduction to Clarence Major’s My Amputations (reissued 2008).  He has just published a critical study of experimental/postmodern African American fiction, titled Postmodernism, Traditional Cultural Forms, and African American Narratives, December 1, 2013, and is researching and writing two critical texts:  one on reconfiguring modern America and re-representing the modern American novel and a second one on Primitivism and the Harlem Renaissance.  He is the recipient of a Ford Foundation-National Research Council Fellowship, as well as several grants and fellowships here at the University of Houston.  He has book reviews, book chapters, and articles published in the major journals and critical anthologies in the academy.

Active in American Literature, Minority Literatures, and Critical Theory, he has lectured and presented papers at universities and conferences throughout the United States and Canada

Invested in contemporary archival research, he has been a fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and has visited the New York Public Library (Manuscripts and Archives Division); the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin; UCLA Library Special Collections; Special Collections, University of Delaware; Special Collections, the University of Maryland, College Park; the B. B. King (Blues) Museum, Indianola; Ms.; and Margaret Walker Center, Jackson State University, Jackson, Ms.



  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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Teaching Interests

Dr. Hogue teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars on Contemporary American Fiction, U S Minority literatures, Modern American literature, Critical Theory, Postmodern Fiction, African American Fiction, and Native American and Asian American literatures.

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Selected Publications


  • Postmodernism, Traditional Cultural Forms, and African American Narratives (SUNY Press, December 1, 2013)
  • Postmodern American Literature and Its Other (Illinois, 2009)
  • The African American Male, Writing, and Difference: A Polycentric Approach to African American Literature, Criticism, and History (SUNY Press, 2003)
  • Race, Modernity, Postmodernity:  A Look at the History and the Literatures of People of Color Since the 1960s (SUNY Press, 1996)
  • Discourse and the Other: The Production of the Afro-American Text (Duke University Press, 1986)


  • “History, the Feminist Discourse, and Alice Walker’s The Third Life of Grange Copeland” in MELUS 12 (Summer 1985):  45-62
  • “An Unresolved Modern Experience:  Richard Rodriguez’s Hunger of Memory” in The Americas Review 20 (Spring 1992):  52-64
  • “The Limits of Modernity:  Andrea Lee’s Sarah Phillips” in MELUS 19 (Winter 1994):  75-90
  • “Post-modernity Comes to Montgomery:  Richard Perry’s Montgomery’s Children” in Obsidian II:  Black Literature in Review 9 (Spring-Summer 1994):  1-25
  • “Problematizing History:  David Bradley’s The Chaneysville Incident” in CLA Journal 38 (June 1995):  441-460
  • “An Existential Reading of Charles Wright’s The Messenger” in MELUS 26 (Winter 2001):  113-145
  • “Disrupting the White/Black Binary:  William Melvin Kelley’s A Different Drummer in CLA Journal 44 (September 2000): 1-42
  • “Postmodernism, Traditional Cultural Forms, and the African American Narrative:  Major’s Reflex, Morrison’s Jazz, and Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo” in Novel:  A Forum On Fiction 35 (Spring/Summer 2002):  169-192
  •  “Radical Democracy, African American (Male) Subjectivity, and John Edgar Wideman’s Philadelphia Fire” in MELUS 33.3 (Fall 2008): 45-69
  • “Can The Subaltern Speak?  A Postcolonial, Existential Reading of Richard Wright’s Native Son” in the Special Issue:  Richard Wright, Citizen of the World: A Centenary Celebration, The Southern Quarterly 46.2 (Winter 2009): 9-39
  •  “The Blues, Individuated Subjectivity, and James Baldwin’s Another Country,” forthcoming from CLA Journal, January, 2014

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