Multicultural and Transnational Literatures

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Archive for April, 2012

Two theses successfully defended

Ruth Anne Johnson, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Restorative Erotica: “Let the Friend and the Lover be Handsomely Mixed” (completed April 2012).  This thesis closely examines the erotic content of this well-known eighteenth-century author’s poetry and personal letters, particularly those involving her “Oriental” travels, through the lens of theories of the subaltern.

Lauren Johnson, The Mimicking of Oral Traditions in African American Literature (completed April 2012).  This thesis studies the strategies that several African American writers/storytellers employ in their fiction to recover and recreate oral traditions dating back to the period of American slavery and before.


Karla Wiles passes CAP with distinction

On Apr. 23, 2012, Karla Wiles (Multicultural and Transnational Literatures) successfully defended her Comprehensive Assessment Project, a mentored scholarly essay on “Children of the Orishas: Unmasking the Power of Santería  in Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban.” Karla will be submitting this original and insightful essay to appropriate journals for publication.