Multicultural and Transnational Literatures

Devoted to MTL at ECU and beyond

Melissa Smoak defends thesis

Congratulations to Melissa Smoak upon successfully defending her thesis, “”The Melancholic Subject: Exploring Loss and Relationships in African American and Asian American Fiction,” directed by Dr. Huang, who adds, ”The committee was impressed with her insightful interpretations, aided by recent revisions of psychoanalytic theories, of African American and Asian American fiction.”

Bryant Scott publishes on Hamid’s novel

Our student Bryant Louis Scott has published of his essay “Against Fundamentalism: ‘Mongrolization’ and the Breaking of Fictional Walls in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.”  The essay appears in The Commonwealth Review and is being re-printed in a book called Literature of South Asian Diaspora.

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.”