Emilienne Baneth (, Ph.D., is a lecturer at the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle, and is also currently a researcher at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). She has published a book on the Anglo-Indian novel in 1999 (Le Roman anglo-indien de Kipling à Paul Scott, Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle). She works on colonial and post-colonial fiction, the relationships between language and ideology, and humor.

O. Hugo Benavides ( is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University. He currently has finished writing a manuscript on the hegemonic implications of national historical production. At present he is engaged in research on the national elaboration of sentiments and their role in the maintenance of the contemporary nation-state in Ecuador.

Tapati Bharadwaj ( is a Ph.D. student in the English department at Loyola University, Chicago. Her interests include postcolonial feminist theories, and modern and postmodern literatures.

Elizabeth Bishop ( is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo, teaching courses in economic and political development as well as twentieth-century history. She examines issues of self-presentation and representation in her dissertation on Soviet aid to Egypt and its postcolonial contexts. She is currently working with issues raised by the experiences of Nubian development refugees from the Aswan High Dam. She is also editor of the soon-to-emerge American University in Cairo's Institute for Gender and Women's Studies newsletter.

Pascal P. Buma (PPB@UAKRON.EDU) is an assistant professor of English at the University of Akron with teaching and research interests in the Bildungsromane, Postcolonial African and Caribbean literatures, African American literature, and World literatures. His articles on African American Literature and Caribbean Literature have appeared in THE LITERARY GRIOT and the CLA-JOURNAL (College Language Association Journal). A native of Cameroon, Professor Buma earned his Bachelors, MAITRISE, DEA (Diplome d'Études Approfondir) from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, and his PhD. from Penn State University, University Park.

Cyril Dabydeen ( is a widely published poet and fiction writer. His poetry has been published in journals including Canadian Literature, The Dalhousie Review, Event, Ariel, The Toronto Review, Journal of South Asian Literature, Chandrabhaga, Wasafiri, Kyk-over-al, and World Literature Today. His fiction has appeared in journals including The Canadian Forum, Canadian Author and Bookman (where it won the Okanagan Fiction Prize), Kunapipi, The Globe and Mail, and The Literary Review. Author of over ten books, his recent volumes include Berbice Crossing, Black Jesus and Other Stories, the edited poetry anthology Another Way to Dance, Discussing Columbus, and My Brahmin Days. In 2001, North of the Equator (stories) was published by Beach Holme, Vancouver. Dabydeen was the Poet Laureate of Ottawa for the years 1984-87.

Reshmi Dutt ( is Assistant Professor in Postcolonial Literature and Theory at Stephen F. Austin State University. She completed her Ph.D. in July 2001 from the University of Minnesota, and her dissertation is titled as Configuring Intellectual Migrancy: Fractured Nations, Fragmented Subjects, Ruptured Texts. This creative chapter is an excerpt from a chapter in her dissertation, and a small segment of it has appeared in the Journal of the Asian American Renaissance.

Faith Eidse ( is at work on an oral history of the Apalachicola River and Bay, an effort to draw attention to a threatened resource. She received a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University where her dissertation novel, "Occupied Territories" was nominated for a Bellweather prize and her memoir, "Deeper than African Soil," won a full Kingsbury fellowship and the best Master's thesis of 1995. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry appear in a book from Iowa Press, Essays on Intercultural Love, and in International Quarterly, Penumbra, Seven Hills Fiction, Al-Kalima and Rhubarb, among others. She was born in the then-Belgian Congo to Canadian linguists, raised in a Chokwe village, and is now raising bi-national children in the U.S.

James Gifford ( -- is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Alberta, studying problems of knowledge in the novels of Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller. A very active performer of chamber music and opera, his academic research interests generally include reader response, existential approaches to psychoanalysis, and the twentieth-century novel. James is also a founding editor for the graduate journal AGORA, based at the University of Alberta. He will lecture on postcolonial theory at the Durrell School of Corfu in 2002 and is on the conference committee for the International Lawrence Durrell Society's On Miracle Ground XII, scheduled for May 2002, Ottawa, Canada.

Waïl S. Hassan ( is Assistant Professor of English at Illinois State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998), with a specialization in colonial and postcolonial literatures in Arabic, English, and French. His essays on Arabic, American, and French literatures, globalization, and postcolonial theory are published and forthcoming in Journal of Arabic Literature, College English, Men and Masculinities, Peuples méditerranéens, Pynchon Notes, Romance Languages Annual, and elsewhere. He has completed a book manuscript on Tayeb Salih and is working on another on Anglophone Arabic literature.

Martin Japtok ( (Ph.D. 95, UC Davis) is an Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at West Virginia State College, where he teaches classes in African American Studies, African and Caribbean literatures, and General Education. His edited collection, Women Writers from Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S.: A Postcolonial Perspective, is forthcoming from Africa World Press, and he has also published in African American Review, MELUS, Literature and Medicine, The Southern Literary Review, and a number of essay collections. His research revolves around conceptualizations of Race and Ethnicity. Currently, he is finishing a manuscript on African American and Jewish American coming-of-age novels.

David Jefferess ( is completing a Ph.D. in English at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Canada. He is currently working on his dissertation, "Changing the Story: Postcolonialism, Resistance and Globalization." He taught at Nkhota-Kota Secondary School in Malawi in 1997 and 1998.

F. S. J. Ledgister ( is an assistant professor of political science at Clark Atlanta University. His major interests are in the politics of decolonization and state formation, and in questions of the relationship of race, nationality, and power. He is the author of Class Alliances and the Liberal-Authoritarian State: The Roots of Post-Colonial Democracy in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Surinam (Africa World Press, 1998), and of poems published in the Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse in English.

Harald Leusmann ( a doctoral student in English at Ball State University, Muncie IN. He is specializing in Caribbean Literature and Black British Writing. He earned his M.A. from the University of Münster in Germany.

Simon Lewis ( is Assistant Professor of English at the College of Charleston where he teaches African and postcolonial literature. His particular research interests are in literary representations of East and South African landscape and history, and he has published articles on writers such as Olive Schreiner, Karen Blixen, M. G. Vassanji, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Nadine Gordimer, and Breyten Breytenbach. As editor of the little literary magazine Illuminations he has also published three special issues of poetry and new writing from eastern and southern Africa.

Myra Mendible ( is Associate Professor in the Humanities Division at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, where she teaches Contemporary Literature and Ethnic Studies courses for the English Department. She also contributes to the University's Interdisciplinary core curriculum, teaching issues-based courses in pop culture and media studies. Dr. Mendible is currently working on a book about the Philippines' Imelda Marcos.

Elaine Orr ( is Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University, where she has taught 20th-century Literature, Literary Theory, and Women's Studies. At present, her pedagogical interest is focused on contemporary literatures of home and exile. She is the author of Tillie Olsen and a Feminist Spiritual Vision and Subject to Negotiation: Reading Feminist Criticism and American Women's Fictions. Her recently completed memoir revisits her Nigerian childhood as an avenue to spiritual and physical healing. An excerpt from that memoir led to her being awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Writer's Fellowship for 2001-2002. Her current writing projects include The Dialysis Diary, a collection of poems, as well as Sleeping through Arkansas, a short sequel to her memoir. She hopes to return to Nigeria soon.

Mala Pamdurang ( teaches at the Dr. B. M. N. College, Mumbai, India, affiliated with the SNDT Women's University. She is also a Fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, and is working on a post-doctoral project on theorising the Indian diasporic experience. Her publications include Post-Colonial African Fiction (Delhi: Pencraft International 1997), Articulating Gender (co-editor; Delhi: Pencraft International 2000), and Vikram Seth: Multiple Locations, Multiple Affiliations (Jaipur: Rawat 2001).

Emmanuel Raymundo (, born in Manila and raised in New York City and Toronto, is currently a Graduate Fellow of Cultural Social and Political Thought at the University of Victoria.

Anthony S. Shiu ( is currently completing a Ph.D. in the Program in American Studies at Michigan State University. His dissertation, "Marginals, Citizens, Subjects: The Perilous Foundations of Asian American Studies," examines the racial and sociological underpinnings of Asian American Studies.

Tony Simoes da Silva ( is a lecturer in the School of English at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the author of The Luxury of Nationalist Despair: George Lamming's Fiction as Decolonising Project (2000).

Fabienne André Worth ( writes: In 1979 I wrote a Comparative Literature dissertation At UNC, Chapel Hill in which I analyzed the relation between novelistic narratives (four novels in four different languages) and their historical context. I have since taught French literature, Film studies and Cultural Studies at Duke and Brown Universities. I live with my dog, my garden, and my Hansi painting.

Deborah Wyrick ( is Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC. The author of books on Jonathan Swift and Frantz Fanon, as well as of many scholarly articles in a variety of areas, she teaches postcolonial theory, Caribbean literature, and eighteenth-century studies. She is founder and editor of Jouvert.

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