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Tuire Valkeakari


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Contact Information:
Ruane Center for the Humanities LL17


Ph.D. - English. University of Helsinki, Finland.
Ph.D. - African American Studies & American Studies. Yale University.

Brief Biography:

Professor Valkeakari has worked at Providence College since September 2006. She is the author of two books: Precarious Passages: The Diasporic Imagination in Contemporary Black Anglophone Fiction (University Press of Florida, forthcoming in May 2017) and Religious Idiom and the African American Novel, 1952–1998 (University Press of Florida, 2007). Her articles have appeared, for example, in MELUS, Studies in American Fiction, Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Littérature Canadienne, Atlantic Literary Review, Atlantis, and in various essay collections. The courses she teaches regularly include “Twentieth-Century African American Literature,” “Global and Postcolonial Literature,” and “Toni Morrison.”

Area(s) of Expertise:

Black Anglophone literature, especially African American and African-Caribbean fiction and autobiography; American literature; global/postcolonial literature; African American culture and history; race and ethnicity.

Awards and Honors:

Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation.
Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Fulbright Graduate Grant.
Oskar Öflund Foundation.
Robert M. Leylan Dissertation Fellowship, Yale U. (Declined.)

Selected Publications:

Valkeakari, Tuire. (2015). “‘Railway Spine,’ Trains, Migration, and Mobility in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake” . ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews , 28 (3-4), 202-207.

Valkeakari, Tuire. (2014). “After Eden: Constructs of Home, House, and Racial Difference in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy”. Living Language, Living Memory: Essays on the Works of Toni Morrison, Eds. Kerstin W. Shands and Giulia Grillo Mikrut. Huddinge, Sweden: Södertörn University., 107–126.

Valkeakari, Tuire. (2014). “‘New Negro’ Men, World War I, and African American Masculinity in Guy Johnson’s Standing at the Scratch Line” . MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, 39 (4), 50-68.

Valkeakari, Tuire. (2013). "A Journey to ‘Partial Cosmopolitanism’ in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost”. Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Littérature Canadienne (SCL/ÉLC), 38 (2), 67–87.

Valkeakari, Tuire. (2011). “African American Novel” . The Encyclopedia of the Novel, Eds. Peter Logan et al . Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell., 9-18.

Valkeakari, Tuire. (2007). Religious Idiom and the African American Novel, 1952–1998. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

Valkeakari, Tuire. (2006). “Huck, Twain, and the Freedman’s Shackles: Struggling with Huckleberry Finn Today”. Atlantis, 28 (2), 29–43.

Valkeakari, Tuire. (2005). "The Politics of Perception in Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno and Charles Johnson’s Middle Passage". Studies in American Fiction, 33 (2), 229–250.

Recent Presentations:

Valkeakari, Tuire., Ethics of Storytelling: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature, Media and Visual Arts, University of Turku, Finland, "The Sexual Politics of a Migration: Black Caribbean Women in Post-Windrush Fiction". June, 2015.

Valkeakari, Tuire., Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS), Oulu, Finland, "New York City, Nova Scotia, and the Revolutionary Atlantic World in Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes". May, 2015.

Valkeakari, Tuire., American Comparative Literature Association, NYU, New York City, "‘A Journey to ‘Partial Cosmopolitanism’ in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost". March, 2014.

Valkeakari, Tuire., Twenty Years Since the Nobel Prize: Anniversary Symposium on the Works of Toni Morrison, Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden, "After Eden: Constructs of Home, House, and Racial Difference in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy". October, 2013.

Valkeakari, Tuire., Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, "The Shifting Ground: Land and Migration in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory and Create Dangerously". March, 2013.

Valkeakari, Tuire., Swedish Association for American Studies, Uppsala, Sweden, "Black, Caribbean, Canadian: Jamaican Women Immigrants in Toronto in Cecil Foster’s Sleep On, Beloved". September, 2012.

Valkeakari, Tuire., American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, "Trauma, Displacement, and the African Diaspora in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby". May, 2012.

Valkeakari, Tuire., Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and the U.S. Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, San Jose, CA, "George Lamming's Dialogue with French Existentialism in The Emigrants". April, 2012.

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