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Rhonda Frederick

english department

Rhonda Frederick

Associate Professor

A.B., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Lyons 301
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3717
Fax: 617-552-4220
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Academic Profile

Specializes in Caribbean and African American literatures. Her scholarly interests include literatures of the Americas, particularly 20th Century women’s popular fiction, mystery/detective, and futurist fiction/fantasy writing. She is currrently interested in the detective and/or futurist fiction of Nalo Hopkinson, Walter Mosley, BarbaraNeely, and Colson Whitehead. Her first manuscript, “Colón Man a Come”: Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migration, examines the recurrent figure of the Panama Canal worker in Caribbean literature, song, and memoir.

Publications (selected)


  • “Colón Man a Come”: Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migration. Lanham, M.D.: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, January 2005.


  • “Beyond the Pale, Beyond the Dark: Representing Caribbean Racial Realities at a US University,” Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature, edited by Supriya Nair, MLA Options for Teaching Series. Under review.
  • “Walrond’s Panamá Women: Building a Mythography of Caribbean Female Migrants”
    A critical anthology on Eric Walrond, edited by Louis Parascandola and Carl Wade, under consideration by the University of Mississippi Press. Under consideration.
  • “The Colón Man” and “Jan Carew.” Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas. MacMillan Reference Books, December 2005.
  • “Creole Performance in Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands.” Gender and History 15.3 (November 2003): 487-506. Reissued in Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality and African Diasporas. Edited by Sandra Gunning, Tera W. Hunter, and Michele Mitchell. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004: 91-110.
  • “Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migrations: Eric Walrond’s ‘Panama Gold’.” Marginal Migrations: The Circulation of Cultures within the Caribbean. Oxford: Macmillan Press—Warwick University Caribbean Studies, 2003. pp. 43-76.
  • “What If You’re an ‘Incredibly Unattractive, Fat, Pastrylike-fleshed Man’?: Teaching Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place.” College Literature 30.3 (Summer 03): 1-18.
  • “Colón Man Version: Oppositional Narratives and Jamaican Identity in Michael Thelwell’s The Harder They Come.” Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research 2.2 (2002): 157-176.
  • “Jamaica Kincaid,” The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story, 2001.
  • “The Ethnic Consciousness Movement.” The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.


  • Review of Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Race and Gender in the Work of Zora Neale Hurston by Susan Edwards Meisenhelder (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1999) for American Literature 73.1 (March 2001): 209-210.

Additional Professional Information

Awards and Honors

  • Emerging Voices, New Directions/Ford Foundation/Bowdoin College Summer Grant, 2003.
  • Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2001-2002.
  • DuBois-Mandela-Rodney Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2001-2002. (declined)
  • Faculty Fellowship, Boston College, Fall 2001. (declined)
  • Research Incentive Grant, Boston College, Spring 2000.

Professional Organizations

  • American Studies Association (ASA)
  • Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS)
  • Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)