Pitzer College Faculty Profile
At Pitzer College, I am a member of the English and World Literature field group, and I teach courses that include surveys of world literature, postcolonial studies, and special topics courses such as “Terror and the Text.”
Press Release: Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Honorable Mention Awardees
I received an honorable mention for the 2016 Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship. The program seeks “to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.”
Article in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal
This paper explores Mayra Montero’s novel Dancing to “Almendra” as a specifically postcolonial revision of the classic detective novel. Through an examination of the novel’s generic characteristics, I argue that elements that might be at first considered mere postmodern play—the conflation of the real and the performed or the illusion, anachronistic film references, the implantation of historical figures and cinematic personas alike into an otherwise fictional detective narrative—serves the novel’s socially committed, political critique. The doubling and smoke and mirrors that structure the novel ultimately serve to show the truth more clearly, as the postmodern play of performance, smoke, and mirrors breaks down only when confronted with the mutilated body and, by extension, Havana’s political landscape on the brink of revolution.
Article in African Literature Today
“This special issue focuses on literary texts by African writers in which the protagonist returns to his/her ‘original’ or ancestral ‘home’ in Africa from other parts of the world. Ideas of return – intentional and actual – have been a consistent feature of the literature of Africa and the African diaspora…. Contributors, writing on literature from the 1970s to the present, examine the extent to which the original place can be reclaimed with or without renegotiations of ‘home.'” My article, on Ayi Kwei Armah’s Fragments, is an excerpt from my third dissertation chapter.
Waiting as Cultural Practice Interdisciplinary Conference: Paderborn, Germany
Link to the conference website and program, May 18-20 2016. I presented a paper on “strategic waiting” in novels from South Africa and Sierra Leone.
Bessie Head Thirty Years On: Southern African Women Writing Resistance
Link to description of the 2016 MLA panel, where I presented my work on Nadine Gordimer’s July’s People.
Desire for Narrative in Law and Literature
Link to the MLA round-table panel from 2015, where I discussed a postcolonial methodology for law and literature.
African Studies Association’s 2014 Annual Conference
Link to abstract I presented in accordance with the conference theme on Violence.
Interdisciplinary Studies Institute
I have worked for the Institute since 2012, assisting with the running of faculty seminars, bringing faculty to campus for week-long residencies in conjunction with our annual theme, and the planning of major symposiums on the UMass Amherst campus.