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Oty Agbajoh-Laoye, PhD

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty

PhD, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Office: Howard Hall, Room 321

Phone: 732-571-3662


Fall 2017 Courses:

EN 229 Non-Europe Lit in Engl

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

Research Interests:


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.


Scholarly Articles:

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

Additional Information:


Book-Length Research Projects:
Diaspora, Trans-nationalism, Africa and the Question of Homelands