Joya Uraizee got her Ph.D. in postcolonial literature and theory at Purdue University in 1994. Her research interests include postcolonial women writers and political fiction, representations of the nation in postcolonial film and theories of liberation. Currently she is working on a book length analysis of the aesthetics and politics of representing the voices of child soldiers in memoirs, fiction, and film.
Dr Uraizee was a Fulbright fellow in South Africa in 2008.
M.A. Baylor University (1986)
Ph.D. Purdue University (1994)
TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS
Postcolonial Literature and Theory, African Literature, Trauma Studies, Representations of Children and Violence, Postcolonial Women Writers.
In the Jaws of the Leviathan: Genocide Fiction and Film. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.
This Is No Place for a Woman: Nadine Gordimer, Nayantara Sahgal, Buchi Emecheta, and the Politics of Gender. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2000.
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
"African Children in the American Classroom: The WebQuest as a Pedagogical Tool." Journal of the African Literature Association 9, 1 (Summer 29014/Spring 2015): 43-72.
"Migrant African Children Remembering War: Memoirs and Stereotypes." In Engaging the Diaspora: Migration and African Families, ed. Pauline Ada Uwakweh, Jerono P. Rotich and Comfort O. Okpala. Lanham, Boulder, New York, Toronto, Plymouth, UK: Lexington Press (Rowman & Littlefield): 2014: 59-74.
"Blood in the Spotlight: Viewing Religious Violence in Mani Ratnam's Bombay." In Spectacles of Blood: A Study of Masculinity and Violence in Postcolonial Films, ed. Swaralipi Nandi and Esha Chatterjee. New Delhi: Zubaan Books, 2012: 181-197.
"Combating Ecological Terror: Ken Saro-Wiwa's Genocide in Nigeria." Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 44, 2 (Fall 2011): 75-92.
Gazing at the Beast: Describing Mass Murder in Deepa Mehta's Earth and Terry George's Hotel Rwanda." Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 28, 4 (Summer 2010): 10-27.
"Subverting the Status Quo in Sénégal: Djibril Diôp Mambety's Hyenas and the Politics of Liberation." Literature and Film Quarterly 34, 4 (2006): 313-322.
"'Flowers in All Their Colours': Natios and Communities in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Petals of Blood." International Fiction Review 31 (2004): 27-38.
"Buchi Emecheta and the Politics of Gender." Chapter Nine of Black Women Writers Across Cultures: An Analysis of Their Contributions ed. Valentine Udoh James, James S. Etim, Melanie Marshall James and Ambe J. Njoh. Lanham, New York & Oxford: International Scholars Publications, 2000: 171-206.
"The Role of Ethics in the Undergraduate Curriculum." In What's Ethics Got to Do With It? The Role of Ethics in Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Education at Saint Louis University, ed. John F. Kavanaugh, S.J. and Donna J. Werner. St. Louis: Saint Louis University Press, 2000: 93-98.
"'She Walked Away Without Looking Back: Christophine and the Enigma of History in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea." Clio 28, 3 (Spring 1999): 261-277.
"Fragmented Borders and Female Boundary Markers in Buchi Emecheta's Destination Biafra." Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 30, 1-2 (Spring 1997): 16-28.
"Decolonizing the Mind: Paradigms for Self-Definition in Nayantara Sahgal's Rich Like Us." Writing the Nation: Self of Country in Post-Colonial Imagination ed. John C. Hawley, S.J. Critical Studies 7. Amsterdam & Atlanta: Rodopi, 1996: 161-175.
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