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Dr. Curdella Forbes

Professor of English
Graduate Faculty
214 Locke Hall

Dr. Forbes taught at the University of the West Indies, Mona, before coming to Howard in 2004.  Her research interests include postcolonial theory; Caribbean poetics; Shakespeare and postcolonialism; Caribbean literature and culture with particular focus on issues of gender, performance, and orality; and the (postcolonial) issues of diaspora and globalization. She earned her Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of the West Indies.  Her doctoral dissertation is titled “Through the Lens of Gender:  A Revisionary Reading of the Novels of Samuel Selvon and George Lamming.”

Dr. Forbes is the author of From Nation to Diaspora: Samuel Selvon, George Lamming and theCultural Performance of Gender (2005) three works of fiction:  A Permanent Freedom (2008),Flying with Icarus and Other Stories (2003) and Songs of Silence (2002).  Her numerous scholarly articles appear in Literature and Psychology: A Journal of Psychoanalytic and Cultural Criticism, Journal of West Indian Literature, Small Axe, Aspekt (a Slovak feminist periodical), Anthurium,Postcolonial Text,andCaribbean Quarterly. Her short stories have appeared in journals and edited collections.  She has presented scholarly papers at conferences in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Austria, Canada and here in the USA.She was an editor for the online peer reviewed journalPostcolonial Text, is book review editor for The Journal of  West Indian Literature, anda member of the advisory board for Anthurium, an online peer-reviewed journal of original Caribbean works and critical studies of Caribbean literature, film, art, and culture. She serves as peer reviewer for a number of refereed journals, including Social and Economic Studies and Caribbean Quarterly. Dr. Forbes is also a curriculum developer. She has served and continues to serve on panels and examining committees for the Caribbean Examinations Council, the regional examining body in the Caribbean. Dr. Forbes has been involved in planning various symposia and conferences, including the conference on George Lamming (The Sovereignty of the Imagination), which took place at Mona, Jamaica, 5-7 June 2003 and the Walter Rodney 25th Anniversary Conference which took place here at Howard in September 2005.





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