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Tuire Valkeakari

Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Ruane Center for the Humanities LL17


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

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. (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. (2006). “Through a Black Traveler’s Eyes: Claude McKay’s A Long Way from Home”. American Studies in Scandinavia, 38 (1), 78–98.

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., 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, Stockholm, 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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