1. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  2. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  3. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
  4. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  5. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
Department of English Graduate Programs
Kevin Meehan

Kevin Meehan, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of Maryland (1996)
  • B.A. in Philosophy from Georgetown University (1984)

Research Interests

  • Caribbean Literature and Culture
  • African American Literature and Culture
  • Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development
  • Popular Music in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Recent Research Activities

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Selected Publications




  • 2010  National Science Foundation, PI for RAPID Research to Assess Mobile Technology and Inter-Agency Coordination in Disaster Relief and Recover Following the Haiti Earthquake
  • 2012  Organization of American States, Consultant for FEMCIDI Partnership for Development Fund to Implement Hydroponic Model Facility in Nevis, Guyana, Barbados, and Trinidad
  • 2013  National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholar in Residence at Schomburg Center for "Translating Négritude Prose by Léon-Gontran Damas"
  • 2016  Department of Education, Project Director for "Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean" as part of America: Believing in Cultural Diversity through Latin American Studies Curriculum Development omnibus grant
  • 2017  U.S. Department of State, Fulbright Core Scholar, St. Kitts-Nevis 


No courses found for Spring 2020.

No courses found for Fall 2019.

No courses found for Summer 2019.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11591 LIT6216 Issues in Literary Study Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu 07:30 PM - 10:15 PM Available

LIT6216 Issues in Literary Study: Caribbean Poetics

Poetics comes from the Greek word “poiein,” meaning “to make,” and refers broadly to ideas about how literature is made in particularly places and times.  This seminar will expose students to a range of major authors, genres, periods, and theoretical concepts that have defined Caribbean literature as an evolving field of cultural production during the past two centuries.  At the core is a consideration of Silvio Torres-Saillant’s claim in Caribbean Poetics that the Caribbean region is a culturally-unified whole with a coherent poetics resting on three pillars: the development of intense historical consciousness, the inter-penetration of sacred and secular traditions, and the progressive incorporation of vernacular languages into imported and locally-generated expressive forms.  In addition to these three theoretical concepts (concerning history, religion, and vernacular language), we will also consider how romanticism, surrealism, magic realism, and social realism have impacted the region through cultural exchanges determined by imperial political economy and migratory movements into, away from, and within the Caribbean region.  Genres covered in the class include slave narrative, novel, yard fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, lyric poetry, prose-poetry, film, and several musical forms that impact literary production (calypso, soca, reggae, and son, among others).  All of the ideas above will also be considered through the lens of gender to explore the extent to which Caribbean women conform to, depart from, and in many cases establish the pattern for dominant or canonical writing and criticism.   Each week we will focus on an assigned primary text and at least one relevant piece of critical theory.  Students will be required to present on the assigned readings one time during the semester; they will frame the seminar with an opening statement, guide us through a series of at least ten discussion questions, and submit a short paper one week following their presentation.  There is also a term paper assignment, the focus of which is open to each student (though the paper much touch in some way on the intellectual content of the seminar).  A tentative list of primary readings includes the following: Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince (1831); Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, Sab (1841); Sergio Giral, El Otro Francisco (1975); Nicolás Guillén, selected poetry (1930-70); Aimé Césaire, Return to My Native Land (1939); Kamau Brathwaite, Dream Haiti (1995); Jacques Stephen Alexis, General Sun My Brother (1956); Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956); Edwidge Danticat, The Dew Breaker (2004); Anna Levi, Madinah Girl (2016); Perry Henzell, The Harder They Come (1973); Nalo Hopkinson, Midnight Robber (2000).  As a special feature, I anticipate that Anna Levi, the author of Madinah Girl, will visit the seminar and interact with our questions and comments about her novel.

No courses found for Fall 2018.

Updated: Dec 6, 2018

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