Butler-Evans, Elliot



Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz

Elliott Butler-Evans is a Research Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1987, and his central interests include: Modern American fiction, including African-American and other ethnic literatures; Marxist cultural theory; narrative theory and semiotics; and genders and sexualities. He is the author of Race, Gender and Desire: Narrative Strategies in the Fiction of Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker (1989), articles on semiotic production and black aesthetic discourse, Afro-American cultural theory, the civil rights movement, Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison, and Shakespeare's Othello. Professor Butler-Evans is currently at work on The Narrative Semiotics of African American Culture, as well as co-editing volumes on modernism in African American and black South African literature, and cultural semiotics and ethnicity.



South Hall 4720


(805) 893-4622



Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


American Literature
Cultural Studies
Theories of Gender and Sexualities
American Race and Ethnic Studies

Research Interests: 

Narrative theory and social semiotics
Marxist cultural theory
African American and other ethnic literatures
Modern American Fiction
Gender and sexuality



Articles & Chapters: 

"'Haply, For I Am Black': Othello and the Semiotics of Race and Otherness," in Othello: New Essays by Black Writers (Howard University Press, 1997)

"The Politics of Carnival and Heteroglossia in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: Dialogic Criticism and African American Literature," in The Ethnic Canon: Histories, Institutions, and Interventions (U of Minnesota P, 1995)

Other Publications: 

Race, Gender, and Desire: Narrative Strategies in the Fiction of Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker (Temple University Press, 1989)


Forthcoming Projects: 

  • Narrative Semiotics of African-American Culture: Readings in Literature, Art, and Film