Lost in the City: An Exploration of Edward P. Jones's Short Fiction


Kenton Rambsy (ed)
University of Texas at Arlington
Peace Ossom-Williamson (ed)
University of Texas at Arlington


literature, Black studies


Merging the best of distant and close reading, Kenton Rambsy and Peace Ossom-Williamson lead a stunning digital investigation of space and narrative in the short fiction of Edward P. Jones. This edited collection contains essays from graduate students enrolled in a literature seminar at the University of Texas at Arlington. Collectively, they examine Jones’s practice of “literary geo-tagging” to show how this master of literary prose delves into a remembered Washington, DC where the city’s African American population finds itself at the precipice of the gentrification and displacement that would lead to today’s very different city. Caught in this moment, the characters negotiate regional identities and generational conflicts. Exploring Jones’s fiction from Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar’s Children, the authors of this collection’s investigations employ mapping and data visualization methods that make novel contributions to critical methods for literary study even as they establish how Jones embeds DC’s geography in his texts.

This title was peer reviewed with a single-blind process by the AFRO-PWW editorial board.

Please cite this book using the identifier 10.21900/pww.10


  • Introduction
    Teaching Edward P. Jones
  • Visualizing Edward P. Jones's Short Fiction
  • Traversing the Known World
  • <em>Lost in the City</em>
    A Multimedia Literary Analysis
  • <em>All Aunt Hagar's Children</em>
    A Multimedia Literary Analysis
  • Project Conclusion
  • About this Book
  • Media Credits

Author Biographies

Kenton Rambsy, University of Texas at Arlington

Kenton Rambsy is an Assistant Professor of African American literature at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his PhD in English from the University of Kansas in May 2015, and is a 2010 Magna Cum-Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College. His areas of research include 20th and 21st century African American short fiction, Hip Hop, and book history. His on-going Digital Humanities projects use datasets to illuminate the significance of recurring trends and thematic shifts as it relates black writers and rappers.

Peace Ossom-Williamson, University of Texas at Arlington

Peace Ossom-Williamson is an informationist and health educator with graduate degrees in library science and health studies. With over a decade of experience in library services and technology, she has served in technical and public services roles at various libraries; her accomplishments include providing expert medical reference, instruction, and research support. She also worked to develop programs and services that meet the particular to the needs of health professionals, that facilitate community outreach and consumer health, and that incorporate innovative technology into research and learning. She is currently an Associate Librarian and Director of Research Data Services at UT Arlington Libraries, where she provides training and guidance for data management and data visualization best practices on campus.



February 25, 2019


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