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.
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)
Race, Gender, and Desire: Narrative Strategies in the Fiction of Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker (Temple University Press, 1989)
- Narrative Semiotics of African-American Culture: Readings in Literature, Art, and Film