Monthly Archives: March 2011

Dr. Deena’s course to coincide with ECU visit by Rushdie

Salman Rushdie @ ECU Oct. 5, 2011

English 7365.001 Multicultural and Transnational Literatures Seminar
Fall 2011, Th 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM     by Seodial Frank H. Deena


Special Topics: Salman Rushdie & His Works

“Globalization and Postmodernism in Multicultural Discourse Studies: Literature and Politics in the Modern World.”

Special Note: Class will participate in two satellite lectures and one live campus lecture by Rushdie

Required Texts:

Midnight’s Children (1981)
The Satanic Verses (1988)
Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981–1991 (1992)
The Moor’s Last Sigh (1995)
The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999)
Midnight’s Children (1991), Fury (2001)
Homeless by Choice (1992, with R. Jhabvala and V. S. Naipaul)
East, West (1994), Luka and the Fire of Life (2010)
Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992 – 2002 (2002)
Shalimar the Clown (2005), The Enchantress of Florence (2008)

Student Conference on Saturday at ECU

Spring 2011

ENGL 6360 (DE): World Literature Written in English

Mini Conference

April 2, 10am -4pm, Bate 2027


Panel 1, 10-11:15: Identity, Politics, and the Colonized Mind

Juliana Reagan, The Meaning of Darkness in Heart of Darkness

Maria Johnson, Magical Realism: Rushdie’s Desire towards Political Change

Matesha Jones, Exploring the Issue of Identity Crisis in Colonized Countries

Panel 2, 11:16-12:30: Storytelling, Feminism, and Women’s Liberation

Robin Latham, Foundational and Strong Women as Storytellers in Potiki

LaTonya Kelly, The Interconnectivity with Mazvita, Liberation, and Nature

Sonya Groves: Shojo Manga and Feminism


12:30-2:00, Lunch

Panel 3, 2:00-2:50: Purple Hibiscus: A Literary Tool

Kevin Nosalek, Purple Hibiscus: A Multicultural Experience for America’s Young Adults

Loretta Elliott, Literary Elements in Purple Hibiscus

Panel 4, 2:50-3:40: Identity, Narrativity, and Gender (presenters joining via Skype)

Amy Bright, Ngugi and Identity Crisis

Elizabeth Chang, Avoiding Bathos: Affinity in the Female Narrators in “The Story of an African Childhood” and “[An American] Memoir”

3:40-4:00, Closing remarks

Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference in Atlanta

Congratulations to Brittany Beck for presenting her excellent talk “Denaturalizing Gender Hierarchy in the Poetry of Mary Collier, Anne Finch, and Sarah Fyge.”  I presented “Up on the Roof: Household Geography and Women’s Desire in the Modern Egyptian Novel.”  It’s an exciting time for feminist scholarship and innovative work in gender studies.  If you don’t yet know what “Crunk Feminism” is, I suspect you will soon.


Celebration of Latino/a Leadership

A Celebration of Latino Leadership in Eastern North Carolina: Launching an Oral History Archive

Joyner Library and the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,

will host a panel featuring several members of the Latino community of Eastern North Carolina who occupy positions ranging from

formally recognized leadership to informal influence in the lives of Latino youth.

April 10, 2011

4:30 – 6:30pm

Conference Room 2409, 2nd Floor

Joyner Library

Refreshments will be served.


North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities;

ECU Department of Anthropology and Institute for Coastal Science and Policy;

Joyner Library

For more information contact Drs. Ricardo Contreras ( and David Griffith

Cherokee poet to visit

This announcement from Will Banks:

I’m excited that the Cherokee poet/activity/rhetoric scholar Qwo-Li Driskill will be at ECU next Thursday, March 24, and will be doing 3 different talks/workshops.  I’ll have times and room numbers for you before the day is out and will share the flyer.    There will be a 7:30 evening talk on Cherokee Two-Spirit people. I’m hoping Qwo will also read some of his poetry and tell stories as part of these. He’s a delightfully engaging speaker.

Professor Gueye organizing FTF Conference for DE students


The majority of my students are favorable to having a mini face-to-face conference.  One of their assignments is a conference paper and they are willing to come to campus to present it.  I was wondering if any of you would like to invite your students to join us. We are looking at a possible date of Saturday, April 2nd.

Please let me know. I will also send an invitation to the whole MTL faculty to join our discussion. I hope to have a program and flyers available when we get back from the break.

Have a restful spring break


Marame Gueye, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of English
and African Literatures
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858