Multicultural and Transnational Literatures

Devoted to MTL at ECU and beyond

Jessica Jones successfully defends her thesis


On behalf of the Multicultural and Transnational Literatures faculty, I would like to congratulate Jessica Jones upon successfully defending her thesis “POLITICS OF THE (TEXTUAL) BODY:  EMBODIED ISSUES OF GENDER AND POWER IN AIDOO’S CHANGES: A LOVE STORY, FAQIR’S PILLARS OF SALT, AND WINTERSON’S WRITTEN ON THE BODY.”  

Successful CAPS defense


On behalf of the MTL faculty, I would like to congratulate Hillary A. Zang for her outstanding defense of her professional project: “From Syllabus to Substance: Designing a Multicultural Literature Course for the Community College Setting.”  Hillary has promised to keep in touch and let us know about her community college teaching experiences.

Intriguing CFP


The Diversity Committee of the Children’s Literature Association is seeking papers for its sponsored panel at the ChLA 2014 Conference to be held in Columbia, South Carolina, June 19-21.  (For more information on the conference, visit the ChLA website at


We are looking for papers that address how “other” cultures are represented in translated, multi-cultural, and cross-cultural texts. Are texts considered “authentic” if they do not conform to common expectations regarding the representation of minority or foreign cultures? Do mainstream perceptions of “authenticity” realistically represent “other” cultural points of view? Does referencing quotidian cultural behaviors, which would not be noted by members of the culture itself, reflect a tendency to treat other cultures as anthropological subjects? Have certain artifacts, narrative structures and themes appeared repeatedly, and through repetition, come to signify authenticity? Have identifiable patterns come to be the publishing and literary equivalents of museum artifacts under glass?


Questions? Contact Claudia Pearson, Email your 500-word abstract and 2-page CV by 30 November 2013, attaching it in .rtf, .doc, or .docx format, and including your email and phone number


Upcoming Event:


November 20th:          


The History of Thanksgiving,
with Winona LaDuke


Hendrix Theatre,  6pm


Sponsored by Epsilon Chi Nu, SAB,
ECNAO, Sigma Omicron Epsilon and LWCC.

American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum

The first American Indian UNC System Faculty Forum will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. November 11, at the Friday Institute, Centennial Campus, at NC State University. The primary goal of the event is to promote networking and collaboration among American Indian faculty at the UNC member institutions and ultimately to assist in retaining American Indian faculty. For additional information, and to register for the forum, go to Questions may be addressed to Susan Faircloth, associate professor of education at NCSU, at 919-515-6249 or