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Oty Agbajoh-Laoye, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Coordinator of Africana Studies

Photo of Oty Agbajoh-Laoye, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Howard Hall 321
Courses this Semester
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

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