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Rachel Mordecai

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

mordecai@english.umass.edu

(413) 545-0644

E347 South College

Rachel L. Mordecai has a BA from Brandeis University, an MA from the University of the West Indies, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching and research interests include Caribbean and African Diaspora literature, hemispheric American literature, and popular literature and culture of the Caribbean. She has published articles on Peter Tosh’s iterations of black citizenship, Lawrence Scott’s amnesiac white creole women, and figurations of blackness in Margaret Cezair-Thompson and Robert Antoni. Her book, Citizenship Under Pressure: The 1970s in Jamaican Literature and Culture, appeared from the University of the West Indies Press in 2014; her new book project, currently underway, is a study of the Caribbean family saga.  She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of West Indian Literature.

 

Research Areas

  • 20th Century and Contemporary Literature
  • African, African American, & African Diaspora
  • American, Atlantic, & Hemispheric
  • Colonial, Postcolonial, & Transnational

Courses Recently Taught

  • Engl 132 Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture
  • Engl 200 Intro to Literary Studies
  • Engl 300 (JYW) Caribbean Women Writers
  • Engl 372 Caribbean Literature
  • Engl 491 Autobiography of the Americas
  • Engl 494 Pulp Caribbean
  • Engl 791 Intro to Caribbean Literature
  • Engl 892 Theories and Problems of Caribbean Identity
  • Engl 891 Caribbean Family Sagas