American literature before 1935, especially African American literature of the nineteenth century and the Harlem Renaissance; food ways and U.S. literature.
Zafar began her career at Washington University in St. Louis as Director of the Program in African & African American Studies; she has also directed Undergraduate Honors in the Department of English. Zafar’s publications include God Made Man, Man Made the Slave (co-editor; Mercer 1990); Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (co-editor; Cambridge UP, 1996); We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write American Literature, 1760-1870 (Columbia UP, 1997); and Harlem Renaissance Novels: The Library of America Collection (two volumes; Library of America, 2011). She has also published several essays on food and American writing, including a forthcoming article on elegy and cookbooks. Zafar has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Virginia Center for the Humanities; in 2007 she held the Walt Whitman Distinguished Fulbright Chair at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
In 2014-2015 she will be the NEH Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.
- Fall 2012: AFAS 3651: Black Women Writers
- Spring 2013: ELit 160: Passing (freshman seminar)
Selected Previous Courses
- English: African American Literature: Key Authors, Critical Contexts (graduate seminar)
- English/AFAS: Slavery and the Literary Imagination
- English/AFAS/JINES: Blacks and Jews in American Literature
- English/AFAS: Zora Neale Hurston
- English: Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
- English/AFAS: The Harlem Renaissance
- English/AmCS: Food in American literature and culture