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Joya Uraizee, Ph.D.

Department of English


M.A., Baylor University, 1986
Ph.D. in postcolonial literature and theory, Purdue University, 1994

Research Interests

Her research interests include postcolonial literature and film, African women's writing, genocide and trauma studies, child soldier narratives, and African refugee narratives. She is particularly interested in working with graduate students whose research interests include African and African American literature, postcolonial literature, gender studies, trauma studies, and film.

Publications and Media Placements


Writing That Breaks Stones: African Child Soldier Narratives, Michigan State University Press, 2020.

Podcast interview with Joya Uraizee about Writing That Breaks Stones:

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

“Going on a Real Date: Afro-bubblegum and Female Same Sex Desire in Eastern African Literature.” In Gender and Sexuality in Kenyan Societies (Critical African Studies in Gender and Sexuality Series) ed. Besi Muhonja and Babacar M’Baye. Lexington Books, 2021 (forthcoming).

“Remembrance or Revenge? Representations of Violent Death in Fanta Regina Nacro’s The Night of Truth and Wanuri Kahiu’s From a Whisper.” In War, Revolution and Remembrance in World Cinema: Critical Essays. ed. Nancy J. Membrez. McFarland, 2021 pages 272-283.

“Magical Combat in Central Africa: Kim Nguyen’s War Witch.” In Displaced: Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma, ed. Kate Rose. Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature. Routledge, 2020: pages 185-193.

"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.