Associate professor of English Reginald Wilburn has won the College Language Association’s award for Creative Scholarship for his book, “Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt: Appropriating Milton in Early African American Literature” (Duquesne UP, 2014). The book is the first work of literary criticism to theorize African Americans’ subversive receptions of John Milton, England’s epic poet of liberty.
Wilburn’s research and teaching encompass African American literature and culture, Milton, and intertextuality studies. He also teaches in the areas of drama, gender, jazz and black music studies.
The College Language Association (CLA) is a professional organization of College Teachers of English and Foreign Languages, founded in 1937 by a group of Black scholars and educators. Since 1957, the Association has published the peer-reviewed CLA Journal, a quarterly featuring scholarly research and reviews of books in the areas of language, literature, linguistics and pedagogy.