William E. Cain is Mary Jew­ett Gais­er Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at Welles­ley Col­lege. He is a co-edi­tor of the Nor­ton Anthol­o­gy of Lit­er­ary The­o­ry and Crit­i­cism (2nd ed., 2010), and, with Syl­van Bar­net, he has co-authored a num­ber of books on lit­er­a­ture and composition.
Culture
Toni Morrison: White Cultural Achievement Is Built on the Backs of Black People
This 1992 review of Morrison's Playing in the Dark shows how the renowned author interrogated myths of white superiority in American literature.