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Tuire Valkeakari

Professor

Contact Information:

tvalkeak@providence.edu

401.865.2802

Ruane Center for the Humanities LL17

Education:

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, 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.”
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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.

Selected Publications:

Valkeakari, T. (2019) "The Photographer-Flâneur as Facilitator of Urban Connectivity in John Edgar Wideman’s Two Cities". Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction.(60:2), 222-235.

Valkeakari, T. (2017) Precarious Passages: The Diasporic Imagination in Contemporary Black Anglophone Fiction. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

Valkeakari, T. (2015) “‘Railway Spine,’ Trains, Migration, and Mobility in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake” . ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews .(28), 202-207.

Valkeakari, T. (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), 50-68.

Valkeakari, T. (2013) "A Journey to ‘Partial Cosmopolitanism’ in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost”. Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Littérature Canadienne (SCL/ÉLC).(38), 67–87.

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

Selected Presentations:

Valkeakari, T. NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) 2018. , Pittsburgh, PA - "Family Formation as a Metaphor for Black British Identity Formation in Post-Windrush Fiction" April, 2018

Valkeakari, T. (Im)Possible Cities: First International Conference of the Association for Literary Urban Studies. , Tampere, Finland - "The Photographer-Flâneur as Facilitator of Urban Connectivity in John Edgar Wideman’s Two Cities" August, 2017

Valkeakari, T. . ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) 2014, NYU, New York City - "‘A Journey to ‘Partial Cosmopolitanism’ in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost" March, 2014

Valkeakari, T. 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, T. NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) 2013. , Boston, MA - "The Shifting Ground: Land and Migration in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory and Create Dangerously" March, 2013

Valkeakari, T. ALA (American Literature Association) 2012. , San Francisco, CA - "Trauma, Displacement, and the African Diaspora in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby" May, 2012

Valkeakari, T. MELUS (Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) 2012 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

Valkeakari, T. ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) 2012. , Brown University/RISD, Providence, Rhode Island - "War and African American Veterans in Toni Morrison's Sula and Tar Baby" March, 2012

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