1. Writing for the Web: Composing, •Coding, and Constructing Web Sites
  2. As If, poems by Russ Kesler
  3. The Terrible Wife by Terry Thaxton
  4. Crossing The Creek by Anna Lillios
  5. The Flight of the Kuaka by Donald Stap
  6. The Heaven of Animals by James Poissant
  7. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  8. The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard
  9. The Rhetorical Nature of XML by J.D. Applen and Rudy McDaniel
  10. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies by Patrick D. Murphy
  11. Elegant Punk by Darlin Neal
  12. Lizard Man by David James Poissant
  13. Virtual Teams in Higher Education by Flammia
  14. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  15. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  16. The Historicism of Charles Brockden Brown by Mark L. Kamrath
  17. Transversal Ecocritical Praxis by Patrick D. Murphy
  18. The Zero Theorem by Pat Rushin
  19. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  20. The Season of Risks by Susan Hubbard
  21. Rattlesnakes and the Moon by Darlin Neal
  22. According to the Gospel of Haunted Women
  23. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  24. People Get Ready by Kevin Meehan
  25. Problem Novels by Anna Maria Jones
  26. Drawing on the Victorians, edited by Anna Maria Jones
  27. Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature by Tison Pugh
  28. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  29. Intercultural Communication by Houman Sadri and Madelyn Flammia
  30. Collecte Writings of Charles Brockden Brown edited by Mark L. Kamrath
  31. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
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 


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
20714 LIT3192 Caribbean Literature World Wide Web (W) Not Online

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102. Traces how Caribbean societies have achieved self-expression through documentary writing, prose fiction, and popular culture; in English.

11591 LIT6216 Issues in Literary Study Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu 07:30 PM - 10:15 PM Not Online

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.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81734 AML3615 Harlem, Haiti, and Havana World Wide Web (W) Not Online

PR: Grade of “C” (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102.

A comparative approach to African American and Caribbean writers, focusing on literary styles, historical contexts, and themes such as nationalism, popular music, and folk religion.

91721 LIT4244 World Authors World Wide Web (W) Not Online

This course presents the work of Edwidge Danticat, one of the most renowned authors to come of age in the past two decades. Born in Haiti in 1969 and raised after age 11 in the United States, her work is emblematic of a generation marked by extensive migration, cross-cultural immersion in several linguistic and artistic traditions, political upheaval, and an ongoing search for the best means to document, intervene in, and celebrate this complex experience.  We will study a representative slate of Danticat's highly-regarded fiction, though she has published in other genres including memoir, poetry, literary criticism, and artist interviews. As well, we will study classic offerings from the Haitian novel tradition by Jacques Roumain and Jacques Stephen Alexis, two important predecessors with whom Danticat maintains an explicit dialogue. Along the way, I will share music, painting and films that illuminate the Haitian and Haitian diasporan cultural context from which Danticat and her writing emerge.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50558 LIT3192 Caribbean Literature World Wide Web (W) A Not Online

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

This on-line course traces how Caribbean societies have achieved self-expression through a variety of cultural forms, including documentary writing (history, slave narrative, diplomatic correspondence), literary prose and poetry, and popular culture (dub, poetry, music).

Throughout the course, we return to several large themes, including:

•The search for unifying patterns in Caribbean culture

•Literature as historical inquiry and revision

•The impact of creolization on language practices and creativity in Caribbean societies

•The quest for national liberation

•The role of gender in narrating experiences of slavery, colonization, decolonization, and ethnic dynamics across the region

•Exile and return to the region

In our readings and discussions, while we focus primarily on English-language texts, an emphasis on creolization as a region-wide process will help forge comparative links with Spanish-, French-, and Creole-based cultural traditions. Half of the primary readings are authored by women writers and all texts are explored through a feminist/womanist critical framework.

Updated: Dec 6, 2018

Department of English • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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