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

Obi Nwakanma, Ph.D.

Poet, journalist, biographer and literary critic, Obi Nwakanma was born in Nigeria. Thirsting for Sunlight, his biography of the tragic modernist poet, Christopher Okigbo, was published by James Currey (UK) in 2010. His collection of poems, The Horsemen & Other Poems, was published by Africa World Press (New Jersey) in 2007, and Birthcry (Poems) by Kraft Books (Ibadan) in 2016. Nwakanma’s first collection of poems, The Roped Urn, was awarded the Cadbury Prize in 1996 by the Association of Nigerian Authors, and he received the Walter J. Ong Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2008 from Saint Louis University. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in various anthologies and publications including Okike, Vanguard Review, WSQ, Callaloo, Ariel, Brick, Adelaide, Antiphon,and Wasafiri. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Dutch, German, and Turkish. Obi Nwakanma has also worked as a professional journalist, reporting internationally for Newsweek, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and as Group Literary editor for the Vanguard, one of the major national newspapers in Nigeria, for which he continues to write a weekly column, “The Orbit” in the Sunday Vanguard. He is currently working on a novel, a new collection of poems, and a book on The Mbari Movement, Transnationalism and Modern African Literature.

Education

  • Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University, Missouri
  • M.F.A. in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A. in English from University of Jos, Nigeria (1989)

Research Interests

Creative Writing - Poetry, fiction, the biography, Journalism, History of Ideas/Black intellectual experience, Modernity, post-colonial, National, Cultural & literary theories; African, African-American, Diaspora, and contemporary Trans-Atlantic Literatures.

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11303 AML3614 Topics in African American Lit Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Not Online

   We can generally situate an African-American literary canon from the achievements of the poet Phyllis Wheatley writing in colonial America, and the slave narratives and fiction of the early to mid-19th century, and the surge of new black expressive culture through the Harlem Renaissance in the twentieth century, down to current or contemporary developments in that culture that is now specifically tagged African-American culture in America. African-American Literature thus occupies a space in the larger culture of a global/ Diasporic Black world that claims its own specific tradition, and thus allows us entry behind the “veil” of African-American culture into centuries of the lived life through the middle passage and beyond. The goal of this course is to at-tempt to answer certain questions raised by the African-American presence in American life through its literature by addressing issues of identity and ethnicity; in other words, looking at the implications of what it means to be “African American” as explored through literature, tied to the larger construct of the relationship between race and art. How does the African-American or Black artist negotiate what Du Bois again concluded to be the “strangeness of being black in America?” At the end of this semester we may come to some understanding of the aesthetic as well as historical, and even political dimensions of African-American literature by examining how African American writers have used different artistic and narrative techniques to raise questions, explore, and even expand the relationship be-tween history and art.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81343 AFA3006 The African Diaspora: Theories Face2Face M,W 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available
81751 LIT3931 Topics in World Literature Web Web Not Online

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

This course introduces students to world literary masterpieces. It seeks to examine world literature as a field of cross-cultural and transnational systems of thought and production. We will study representative works of world literature from the Twentieth century to the present. We will put into consideration the literary, cultural, and political significance of selected works of a global literary tradition, including women’s writing speaking to a dialogue of the western and the non-western tradition intersecting on the issues of colonialism, nationalism, and self-representation. This class aims to interrogate and expand an understanding of these canonical works in their cultural/historical contexts and hopefully situate the enduring human values which connect the different literary traditions. We will pay special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural theories as well as comparative and interdisciplinary analysis.

91290 LIT4034 Contemporary Poetry in English Face2Face M,W,F 2:30PM - 3:20PM Not Online

LIT 4034 (Contemporary Poetry in English) aims to furnish students with insights into the working of the poetic art in its current production. We will examine some exciting contemporary poets writing in the English language. This in itself calls for a broad, wide-ranging excursion on contemporary American poetry; Caribbean poetry, poetry by English-speaking African poets, and poetry in general of the English world. There will be a theory segment and a workshop segment. These will provide students with the practical theoretical grounds for understanding the general aesthetic and thematic issues in the study of contemporary poetry, as well as the applied and practical aspects for the formulations and the construction of poetic structure, and of the body of poetry as artefact. This class will thus begin by first, advancing, and hopefully resolving these questions: “What is contemporary in contemporary poetry?” ‘What are the boundaries between the modern and the contemporary?” And finally, “what are the factors that underscore the praxis against the theories of contemporary poetry?” As part of a practicum, irrespective of any students’ prior background before taking this class, every student in this class will be required to come to class with a poem of their own in the 1st week of class. By the 3rd week, they would have revised this poem following experience and insight garnered from the class readings and discussions, and by week 10, the original poem would have been even further revised with clear indication of marked development, and by the 12th week, should be submitted for grading as part of the work for the semester in-class. This will satisfy only one, but very important requirement for this class. The other requirement would be to offer critical response to the poets we shall read as part of our discussion of contemporary poetry. In sum, this class aims to make the art and theory of poetry immediate to students, using the examples of contemporary poetry written in English.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50883 LIT3931 Topics in World Literature Web B Web Not Online

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

This course introduces students to world literary masterpieces. It seeks to examine world literature as a field of cross-cultural and transnational systems of thought and production. We will study representative works of world literature from the Twentieth century to the present. We will put into consideration the literary, cultural, and political significance of selected works of a global literary tradition, including women’s writing speaking to a dialogue of the western and the non-western tradition intersecting on the issues of colonialism, nationalism, and self-representation. This class aims to interrogate and expand an understanding of these canonical works in their cultural/historical contexts and hopefully situate the enduring human values which connect the different literary traditions. We will pay special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural theories as well as comparative and interdisciplinary analysis.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10352 AFA3104 Black Intellectual Experience Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available
11407 AML3614 Topics in African American Lit Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Not Online

AML 3614: Topics in African American Literature (Nwakanma)

Spring 2018

We can generally situate an African-American literary canon from the achievements of the poet Phyllis Wheatley writing in colonial America, and the slave narratives and fiction of the early to mid-19th century, and the surge of new black expressive culture through the Harlem Renaissance in the twentieth century, down to current or contemporary developments in that culture that is now specifically tagged African-American culture in America. African-American Literature thus occupies a space in the larger culture of a global/ Diasporic Black world that claims its own specific tradition, and thus allows us entry behind the “veil” of African-American culture into centuries of the lived life through the middle passage and beyond. The goal of this course is to at-tempt to answer certain questions raised by the African-American presence in American life through its literature by addressing issues of identity and ethnicity; in other words, looking at the implications of what it means to be “African American” as explored through literature, tied to the larger construct of the relationship between race and art. How does the African-American or Black artist negotiate what Du Bois again concluded to be the “strangeness of being black in America?” At the end of this semester we may come to some understanding of the aesthetic as well as historical, and even political dimensions of African-American literature by examining how African American writers have used different artistic and narrative techniques to raise questions, explore, and even expand the relationship be-tween history and art.


11594 LIT3931 Topics in World Literature Web Web Not Online

LIT 3931.0001: Topics in World Literature (Nwakanma)

Spring 2018

This course introduces students to world literary masterpieces. It seeks to examine world literature as a field of cross-cultural and transnational systems of thought and production. We will study representative works of world literature from the Twentieth century to the present. We will put into consideration the literary, cultural, and political significance of selected works of a global literary tradition, including women’s writing speaking to a dialogue of the western and the non-western tradition intersecting on the issues of colonialism, nationalism, and self-representation. This class aims to interrogate and expand an understanding of these canonical works in their cultural/historical contexts and hopefully situate the enduring human values which connect the different literary traditions. We will pay special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural theories as well as comparative and interdisciplinary analysis.


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81497 AFA3006 The African Diaspora: Theories Face2Face M,W 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available
92873 LIT3931 Topics in World Literature Web Web Not Online
No Description Available

Updated: Oct 30, 2017

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