Oty Agbajoh-Laoye, PhD
PhD, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Office: Howard Hall, Room 223
Spring 2015 Courses:
EN 421 - African Diaspora Lit
EN 528 - Foundations of World Lit
Regularly Taught Courses:
EN 201 - Literature I
EN 202 - Literature II
EN 229 - Non-European Literature
EN 398 - Seminar: Caribbean Literature
EN 398 - Special Topics: Women Writers of Africa
EN 398 - Special Topics: African Diaspora
EN 421 - African Diaspora Lit
EN 425 - Postcolonial Literature
EN 491 - Seminar: Alice Walker
EN 491 - Seminar: Morrison
EN 491 - Seminar: Wole Soyinka
EN 498 - Seminar: Black Women Novelists
EN 528 - Foundations of World Literature
EN 530 - Contemporary World Literature
EN 598 - Special Topics: Lit African Diaspora
Major interests include the African Diaspora (African-American and Afro-Caribbean literature in English), African postcolonial literature, black women’s fiction and criticism, the Slave Narrative and Oral Tradition.
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Feminist Perspectives in the Novels of Alice Walker and Buchi Emecheta: A Comparative Study.”
MA. Thesis: “Black Female Symphony: Song of Womanness in Toni Morrison’s Novels.”
BA. Honors Project: “O’Neill and Society: A Study of Five of His Plays.”
“Breaking Through the Silence: Language and Style in the Novels of Alice Walker and Buchi Emecheta.” Research in African Language and Linguistics. 1:2 (1992).
“Southern Legacies: Relocating a Spiritual and Cultural South in African-American.” African-American Literature and Culture Society Newsletter. May 1998.
Talking Womanism, Writing Black: Feminist Perspectives in the Novels of Alice Walker and Buchi Emecheta, Ibadan, Nigeria: Sam Bookman Publishers. Forthcoming.
"The Heart of the Matter: Female Circumcision and Circumscription in Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy and Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl, as told to Virginia Lee Barnes and Janice Boddy.” African Humanities Monographs 14. Jan 2001
"Motherline, Intertext and Mothertext: African Diasporic Linkages in Beloved and The Joys of Motherhood." The Literary Griot. 13. 1 & 2 (Spring/Fall 2001): 128 - 146
"Eilokun Ojime: [For Toni Morrison on her Seventieth Birthday]." The Literary Griot, 13. 1 & 2 (Spring/Fall 2001): 98 - 99
“The Market Never Changes.” In Fayemi, Olufemi eds. Window to the Soul: Photographs Celebrating African Women 2004
“Lifting the Yoke of Tradition: African Market Women Diaspora” in Konadu-Agymang, K. Takyi, & Arthur, J eds. (forthcoming 2005) The New African Diaspora in North America: Trends, Community Building and Adaptation (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books)
“Motherhood Cut Short [For Igra, Mother to the end].” In The Rienner Anthology of African Literature. Edited by Anthonia Kalu. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 2007. Pp. 636-637.
“Yanga Woman.” In The Rienner Anthology of African Literature. Anthonia Kalu, Edited. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 2007. Pp. 638.
“Gendering Diaspora: The Question of Restoration and Wholeness in Tess Onwueme’s Missing Face.“ Chapter in Forthcoming Book
Book-Length Research Projects:
Diaspora, Trans-nationalism, Africa and the Question of Homelands