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Sheldon George teaches courses in both literature and theory. Concentrating primarily on American and African-American literature, his courses explore literary representations of American identity, as they are expressed in the writings of authors spanning from antebellum to contemporary America. His literary and cultural theory courses are aimed at granting students more nuanced and complex understandings of the interplay between literature, culture and identity. With a particular focus on psychoanalytic theory, Professor George's research and published work use Lacanian psychoanalysis to investigate the effects of slavery and racism on American racial identity. Some of his courses include the graduate seminar in Contemporary Critical Theory, Toni Morrison and American Literature, Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and Race and Gender in Psychoanalytic Theory.