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Rhonda Frederick

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Rhonda Frederick

Associate Professor

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

Stokes Hall S473
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3717
Fax: 617-552-4220
E-mail: frederir@bc.edu
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Academic Profile

Specializes in Anglophone Caribbean and African Diaspora literatures. Her scholarly interests include Speculative Fictions (mystery/detective, fantasy/science fiction, thriller, horror) written by writers of African descent, such as Patrick Chamoiseau, Nalo Hopkinson, NK Jemisin, Walter Mosley, BarbaraNeely, Nnedi Okorafor, 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. She is working on a manuscript that examines whether speculative fictions written by black writers might be suitable vehicles through which the conflicted issues of race, gender, location, and diaspora in the Americas might be explored.

Publications (selected)

Manuscripts

  • IN PROGRESS: “Pop-Fiction: Genre Fictions and Black Experience in the Americas”

    This project examines whether speculative fictions written by black writers might be suitable vehicles through which the conflicted issues of race, gender, location, and diaspora in the Americas might be explored. In thinking about what “haunts” these discourses in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, science fiction/fantasy, thriller/adventure, and mystery/detective—specifically those recently written by African Diaspora writers BarbaraNeely, Octavia Butler, Colin Channer, Nalo Hopkinson, Colson Whitehead, Steven Barnes, and Patrick Chamoiseau—are rich resources for examining the “mysterious perversities” of contemporary thinking about concerns of peoples in the African Diaspora.

    Organizing Chapters

    • ““Making Jamaican Love: Colin Channer’s Waiting in Vain and Romance-ifiied Diaspora Identities”
    •  “Fantastic Possibilities: Thinking Canadian Multiculturalism through Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring
    • “‘Detection and Critique in BarbaraNeely’s Blanche on the Lam”“Colón Man a Come”: Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migration. Lanham, M.D.: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, January 2005.

Articles

  • “Fantastic Possibilities: Thinking Canadian Multiculturalism through Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring,” under review
  • “Making Jamaican Love: Colin Channer’s Waiting in Vain and Romance-ified Diaspora Identities,” Small Axe: A Journal of Caribbean Criticism 17.3 November 2013, Number 42: 63-84.
  • “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.

Entries/Reviews

  • Review of Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean edited by Faith Smith (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2011): 292 pp for Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, Spring 2012
  • 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)