Frances Smith Foster


Frances Smith Foster is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Women's Studies and the chair of the Department of English. Her specialties include African American family life before the twentieth century, African American literature, and the literature of slavery. Recent publications include Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1726-1892 and Minnie's Sacrifice, Sowing and Reaping, Trial and Triumph: Three Rediscovered Novels by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Professor Foster is an editor of the Oxford Companion to African American Literature, the Norton Anthology of African American Literature, Behind the Scenes and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. She is currently writing a book on family, marriage and sexual morality in antebellum African America.