Christopher C. De Santis is Professor of American and African-American literature and Chair of the Department of English at Illinois State University.
19th and 20th century American and African-American Literature; the Reconstruction Era and its Legacies; Racial Ideologies and National Identity; The Harlem Renaissance; Langston Hughes; Southern Literature.
“Reassessing Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance: Toward an African American Aesthetic,” Critical Insights: Langston Hughes, ed. R. Baxter Miller (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2012), 105-120.
"The Essayistic Vision of Langston Hughes," Montage of a Dream: The Art and Life of Langston Hughes, ed. John Edgar Tidwell and Cheryl R. Ragar (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007), 284-304.
"Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance," Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Cary D. Wintz and Paul Finkelman (New York: Routledge, 2004), 588-593.
"The Ways of White Folks: A Study Guide," Research Guide to American Literature, American Modernism, 1915-1945, vol. 5, ed. George Parker Anderson (New York: Facts on File, 2010), 172-177.
"Pseudo-History Versus Social Critique: Faulkner's Reconstruction," Southern Quarterly 43.1 (Fall 2005): 9-27.
"'Some chord of kinship stronger and deeper than blood': An Interview with John F. Callahan, Editor of Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth," African American Review 34.4 (Winter 2000): 601-620.
"The Dangerous Marrow of Southern Tradition: Charles W. Chesnutt, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the Paternalist Ethos at the Turn-of-the-Century," Southern Quarterly 38.2 (Winter 2000): 79-97.
"'The Thing Indefinable and Unconquerable': Howard Fast's Experiment in Democracy," Journal of American Culture 22.1 (Spring 1999): 1-7.
"Rage, Repudiation, and Endurance: Langston Hughes's Radical Writings," Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 108, ed. Debbie Stanley (Detroit: Gale Research, 1998), 317-322.
"Southern Reconstruction and the Rhetoric of Enlightened Paternalism in Rebecca Harding Davis's Waiting for the Verdict," CLA Journal 41.3 (March 1998): 249-268.
Langston Hughes: A Documentary Volume, vol. 315, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Ed., with Introductions and Notes (Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 2005).
Essays on Art, Race, Politics, and Word Affairs, vol. 9, The Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Ed., with Introduction and Notes (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2002).
Fight for Freedom and Other Writings on Civil Rights, vol. 10, The Collected Works of Langston Hughes, Ed., with Introduction and Notes (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2001).