Tessa Roynon is Teaching and Research Fellow at Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University and a specialist in modern North American literature, particularly African American literature, in Anglophone literature of the black diaspora, and in Classical Reception studies. She is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison (CUP 2012) and Toni Morrison and the Classical Tradition (OUP 2013), as well as numerous articles. She is co-editor of the acclaimed interdisciplinary essay collection, African Athena: New Agendas (OUP 2011, with Daniel Orrells and Gurminder Bhambra), and Executive Editor of the book series Race and Resistance Across Borders, at Peter Lang, which she co-founded in 2014.
She is currently writing a book entitled The Classical Tradition in Modern American Fiction (forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press), a study of how modern American novelists ranging from Willa Cather and William Faulkner to Toni Cade Bambara and Percival Everett reference the cultures of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, for example in their representations of racial and/or ethnic politics and identities. Other projects include co-editing two collections: Global Ralph Ellison (with Marc C. Conner) and a special issue of The International Journal of the Classical Tradition on the theme of “Ovid and Identity in the Twenty-first Century” (with Daniel Orrells).