Ann Genzale
On April 7, the Hostos English department presented a virtual book release celebration of Hostos English Professor Ann Genzale's book "Nationhood and Improvised Belief in American Fiction" as part of their Spring 2021 Faculty Series.
Genzale’s book was published in January 2021 by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield and builds Nationhood and Improvised Belief in American Fictionon her doctoral dissertation. In it, she sheds light on the ways spiritual beliefs and religious practice intersect with questions of national inclusion and belonging in the work of prominent contemporary authors, including Louise Erdrich, Cristina García, Toni Morrison, and others. Genzale read a condensed selection from the book's second chapter titled, "Unchurched Preachers and Wanton Women: Spirituality, Community, and Nationhood in Toni Morrison's Beloved and Paradise," after which she engaged in thoughtful dialogue and a Q&A discussion with attendees about arguments presented in her book. 
Assistant Professor Victoria Muñoz hosted the event, which took place over Zoom, and coordinated the series with her English department colleague, Professor Craig Bernardini. 
Learn more about "Nationhood and Improvised Belief in American Fiction" here.