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Dr. Ada U. Azodo

Publications Details

Books

  • Single authored:
    • Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. L’imaginaire dans les romans de Camara Laye. Vol. 4: Studies in African and African American Cultures. James L. Hill. General Editor. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1993.
      [The series “has the objective of presenting an outstanding series of original works which, in their critical appraisals of a wide variety of African / African-American topics, provide fresh and insightful analyses to broaden the contemporary point of view. With special emphasis on the basic traditions that are unique to African/African-American cultures, the series seeks to present studies from disciplines as diverse as literature, history and sociology, and in this thematic variety, reveal the richness and global nature of black experience. Each volume of the series will be a book-length study of a selected African/African-American topic, employing the most recent scholarship and methods of inquiry to explore the subject”].
  • Edited Volumes:
    • With Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier. Emergent Perspectives on Ken Bugul: From Alternative Choices to Oppositional Practices. Trenton: African World Press, 2008 [forthcoming].
    • Emerging Perspectives on Aminata Sow Fall: The Real and The Imaginary in Her Novels. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2007b.
    • With Maureen Ngozi Eke. Gender and Sexuality in African Literature and Film. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2007a.
    • Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2003.
    • With Gay Wilentz. Eds. Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1999.
    • With Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier. “Emerging Perspectives on Ken Bugul: From Alternative Choices to Oppositional Practices.” [forthcoming].

Scholarly Articles in Refereed Journals

  • “The Role of the Narratee in the Production of Meaning From Textual Discourse: The Example of Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter.” Journal of the African Literature Association of America (JAJA), Vol. 1, no 1, Winter/Spring: 2007: 76-87.
  • " History and Changes in Chinua Achebe's Fiction" Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe, Vol. 2. Ed. Ernest Emenyonu Trenton, N.J.: African World Press, 2005.
  • "Masculinity, Power, and Language in Achebe's Things Fall Apart." Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe. Vol.1. Ed. Ernest Emenyonu. Trenton, N.J.: African World Press, 2004.
  • “Ken Bugul’s Le baobab fou: A Female Story about A Female Body.” African Literature Today. New Women’s Writing in African Literature. Vol. 24.  Cambridge, England, 2004 77-90.
  • “Surviving the Present, Winning the Future: Revisiting the African Novel and the Short Story.” MotsPluriels. No 9. February 1999.
  • “(Re) Defining Africa’s limits: A Comparison of the Novel and the Short Story.” In: Migrating Words and Worlds: Pan-Africanism Revisited.” Africa World Press, 1998: 295-304.
  • “Issues in African Feminism: A Workable Syllabus.” In: Women’s Studies Quarterly: Teaching African Literatures in a Global Literary Economy. New York: The Feminist Press, XXV nos. 3 & 4, (Fall/Winter), 1997. 201-207.
  • “The Work in Gold as Spiritual Journey in Camara Laye’s The African Child.” Journal of Religion in Africa, XX11, No. 1, 1994.

Book Chapters

  • “Ken Bugul and the African Imaginary: Symbolism, Initiation, and Allegory in La Folie et la Mort.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Ken Bugul: From Alternative Choices to Oppositional Practices. Eds. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2008 (forthcoming).
  •  “Introduction: Mariètou Mbaye Biléoma: Eclectics and Pragmatism.” In: “Emerging Perspectives on Ken Bugul: From Alternative Choices to Oppositional Practices.” Eds. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2008 (Forthcoming).
  • “The Imaginary in the Novels of Aminata Sow Fall.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Aminata Sow Fall: The Real and the Imaginary in Her Novels. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2007.
  • “Interview with Aminata Sow Fall: In Search of the African Soul: Writing and Imagination in Aminata Sow Fall’s Work.” [Translation of “A la recherche de l’âme Africaine: Écriture et Imagination chez Aminata Sow Fall]. In: Emergent Perspectives on Aminata Sow Fall: The Real and the Imaginary in Her Novels. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2007.
  • “The Issue is Race: Gender and Sexuality in Dany Laferrière’s North-American Autobiography.” In: Gender and Sexuality in African Literature and Film. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Maureen Ngozi Eke. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2007. 91-108.
  • “Introduction: The Phoenix Rises from Its Ashes.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2003. ix-xxxiii.
  • “Lettre sénégalaise de Ramatoulaye: Writing as Action in Mariama Bâ’s Une si longue lettre.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2003. 3-18.
  • “Theorizing the Personal in Mariama Bâ’s Novels: Narration as Configuration of Knowledge.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2003. 51-70.
  • “Stranger Woman, Rebellious Woman: Exile and Immigration in Anne-Marie Niane and Mariama Bâ’s Fiction.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2003. 107-120.
  • “Can the Postcolonial Subject be White? The Nightmare of Self (Re) Definition in Mariama Bâ’s Un chant écarlate. In: Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2003. 227-246.
  • “Thème et Version: Translation as Acculturation, or Teaching Translation with Une si longue lettre and So Long a Letter.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2003. 277-301.
  • “The Political Function of Written African Literatures, by Mariama Bâ.” [Translation of “La Fonction politique des littératures africaines écrites”]. In: Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2003. 411-416.
  • “Postscript: From the Author to the Nation.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2003. 419-437.
  • "On Becoming a Novelist: A Novel Reading of Chinua Achebe's A Man of the People." In:
    Goatskin Bags and Wisdom: New Critical Perspectives in African Literature. Ed. Ernest Emenyonu. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1999. 203-231.
  • “Introduction : A Breath of Fresh Air.”  Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Gay Wilentz. In: Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Gay Wilentz. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1999. xv-xxviii.
  • The Dilemma of a Ghost: Literature and Power of Myth.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Gay Wilentz. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1999. 213-240.
  • “The Multifaceted Aidoo: Ideologue, Scholar, Writer, and Woman. In: Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Gay Wilentz. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1999. 399-425.
  • “Afterword: Interviewing and Transcribing a Writer-Oral Artist.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Gay Wilentz. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1999. 443-455.
  • Efuru and Idu: Rejecting Women’s Subjugation.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Flora Nwapa. Ed. Marie Linton Umeh. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1997.161-185.
  • “African Women in Search of Identity: Converging Feminism and Pragmatism." In: Emerging Perspectives on Flora Nwapa. Ed. Marie Linton Umeh. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1997. 241-259.

Essays and Reviews

  • African Women's Literature: Orature and Intertextuality, by Susan Arndt. [Translated by Isabel Cole]. Bayreuth African Studies Series. Vol. 48. Bayreuth: Eckhard Breitinger, 1998. 410 pages. 3-927510-59-9 paper. Research in African Literatures. Vol. 33:1. 2002. 187-189.
  • Emois de femme: Méditations poétiques d'Évelyne-Berthe Agbo." In: Palabres. Volume spéciale, Textes réunis et présentés par Irène Assiba d'Almeida. Ed. Dr. Komlan Sélom Gbanou. (Bayreuth) 2001. 302-307.

Encyclopedia and Dictionary Entries

  • Data (Doris Lessing, Ellen Kuzwayo, Penina Muhando, and Miriam Tlali). In: Who’s Who in Contemporary Women's Writing. Ed. Jane Eldridge Miller. London: Routledge, 1999. 179; 185-186; 226-227; 321.

Translations

  • “The Political Function of Written African Literatures, by Mariama Bâ.” [Translation of “La Fonction politique des literatures africaines”]. In: Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2003. 411-416.
  • “Interview with Aminata Sow Fall: In Search of the African Soul: Writing and Imagination in Aminata Sow Fall’s Work.” [Translation of “A la recherche de l’âme Africaine: Écriture et Imagination chez Aminata Sow Fall]. In: Emergent Perspectives on Aminata Sow Fall: The Real and the Imaginary in Her Novels. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2007.

Editorials

  • “Le français change, mais ne vieillit pas.” Indiana University Northwest Campus News, Indiana University Northwest, November 2002.
  • “Erotic Picasso: Compositions on Philosophy and Human Sexuality.” Indiana University Northwest Campus News, Indiana University Northwest, September 2001.
  • “The French Language Opens up Doors.” Indiana University Northwest Campus News, Indiana University Northwest, October 2000.

Interviews

  • “Interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Creative Writing and Literary Activism.” January 2008.
  • Interview with Aminata Sow Fall: In Search of the African Soul: Writing and Imagination in Aminata Sow Fall’s Works.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Aminata Sow Fall: The Real and the Imaginary in Her Novels.” Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2007.
  • “Interview with Ken Bugul.” Archives of the African Literature Association, April 2001.
  • "Le Français dans le monde." La Libre Belgique, Paris, France, July 21, 2000.
  • “Facing the Millenium : Interview with Ama Ata Aidoo.” In: Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo. Ed. Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and Gay Wilentz. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1999.
  • “Widowhood in Africa." Blue Danube Radio, Vienna, Austria, November 1998.
  • “The Somalia Crisis: Interview with Paul Baker,” WXXI Radio Talk Show, Rochester, New York, October, 1993.

Invited Papers

  • “The Act of Giving Back.” Old Girls of Anglican Girls’ Grammar School, Awkunanaw, Enugu, Nigeria, Hilton Hotel, Detroit, Michigan, September 2007.
  • "Gendered Spaces, Knowledge and Power: African Contributions to the Global Feminist Debate." Black History Month, Indiana University Northwest, March 1, 1999.
  • “African Art.” Calumet High School, Gary, Indiana, 1999.
  • "African Traditions." Munster High School, Munster, Indiana, October 1998.
  • "Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo: A Discussion.” Women's Studies Program, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, April 1996.
  • "The United Nations in Africa: Expectations at the Turn of the Century." William Kern Lecture Series on Multicultural and International Affairs, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, October, 1995.
  • "Feminine Resilience: Thirty Years of Women's Writing in Africa, 1965-1995." Faculty Development Program. Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, February 1995.          
  • "Warrior Marks and Alice Walker's Possessing the Secret of Joy: A Discussion." TV Dinner Series, Little Theater, Rochester, New York, February 1995.
  • "African Voice: An Alternative Solution to Community Problems." Task Force on Racism, First Unitarian Church of Rochester, Rochester, New York, March 1994.
  • "The Igbo Nation inside Things Fall Apart... and outside," Department of English Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, 1993.
  • "Africa in the World: A Study of the Geography of Africa Today." International Studies Spring Lecture Series, St John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, April 1993.
  • "Reorganizing the United Nations to meet the Challenges of the New World Order." International Studies Spring Lecture Series, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, April 1992.
  • "French in Africa: Towards Cultural Enrichment of Teaching." Department of Modern Languages and Classical Studies Lecture Series, St John Fisher College, April 1991.

Conference Papers

  • “Rejected.” Immigrant Voices Short Story Panel. 34th African Literature Association annual conference and meeting, Western Illinois University, Macomb, April 22-26, 2008.
  • “Things Fall (‘started to fall’) Apart: William Butler Yeats, Chinua Achebe, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.” 34th African Literature Association annual conference and meeting, Western Illinois University, Macomb, April 22-26, 2008.
  • Roundtable on “Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: 50 years After.” 34th African Literature Association annual conference and meeting, Western Illinois University, Macomb, April 22-26, 2008.
  • “A Postmodern Feminist Reading of Mariama Bâ’s Une si longue lettre.” University of West Virginia, March 14-18, 2007.
  • “Narrative Nonfiction: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Fictional Nonfiction.” College of Arts and Sciences Annual Research Conference, Indiana University Northwest, November 2007.
  • "New Forms in Mariama Bâ’s Fiction: A Postmodern Feminist Reading of Une si longue lettre." University of West Virginia, March 14-18, 2007.
  • “ Globalization, Literary Creation, and Aesthetic Response: A Re-Reading of Chinua Achebe and Mariama Bâ.” African Studies Association, San Francisco, November 2006.
  • “Evelyne Accad’s L’Excisée and the Politics of Knowledge: Resisting Social Unequal Power Relations.” College of Arts and Sciences Annual Research Conference, Indiana University Northwest, November 2006.
  • “Recasting Postcolonialism” Ama Ata Aidoo’s Project of Re-visioning the Past and Re-Envisioning the Present in Anowa and the Dilemma of a Ghost.” 32nd annual meeting & conference of the African Literature Association (ALA), The University of Legon, Accra, Legon-Accra, May 17-21, 2006.
  • “Mariama Bâ and Reader-Oriented Theories: A Subjective Perspective of So Long a Letter.” College of Arts and Sciences Annual Research Conference, Indiana University Northwest, November 2005.
  • “Senegalese Indigenous Wolof Taasu Genre as Narrative Device in Mariama Bâ’s Une si longue lettre.” First African and European Interdisciplinary Conference of African Studies (AEGIS), School of Oriental and African studies, University of London, May 29-June 2, 2005.
  • “The Senegalese Taasu Autobiographical Subgenre as Narrative Device in Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter, African Literature association, University of Colorado, April 2005.
  • “From the Novel Genre to the Epistolary Genre: African Literature in Evolution.” Modern Language Association, San Diego, December 2003.
  • “The Writer as Teacher,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, 2003.
  •  “Gender and Sexuality in Feminist Discourse: Dislocation, Disorientation, Madness, and Death in Ken Bugul’s Fiction,” African Literature Association, University of Richmond, Virginia, 2002.
  • “Linguistic Diversification in an Era of Globalization: Pidgin, Ideological and Cultural Dynamics in Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People,” Modern Language Association (MLA), New York, December 27-30, 2002.
  • “Woman, Body, and Mind in the Parisian banlieue: Towards an analysis of the Liminality of the Female Cité Dweller in Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine (1995).” Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 8-10, 2002.
  • "Gender and Sexuality in African Literatures.” Modern Language Association (MLA), New Orleans, December 2001.
  • “A feminist Reading of Picasso’s Erotic Compositions.” Panel on “Interdisciplinary Connections: France and USA,” Indiana University Northwest Gary, November, 2001.
  • "Theorizing the Personal in Mariama Bâ's Epistolary Novel Une si longue lettre.” African Literature Association (ALA), University of Kansas, Lawrence, 2000.-"'Lettre sénégalaise de Mariama Bâ: Narration and Representation of the Self in the Epistolary Novel Une si longue lettre.” African Studies Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1999.
  • "Whom does the African Write for? 'Other Readings' of Chinua Achebe and Mariama Bâ." Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago 1999.
  • "Écriture migrante au site étranger de Dany Laferrière.” African Literature Association, Fez, Morocco, March 1999.
  • "Widowhood in Urban Enugu: Towards Women's Psychological Well-being after Marriage." Women of African and the Diaspora Conference, Indiana University, Indianapolis, October 1998.
  • “Towards a Theory of Widowhood in Africa." Women of Africa and the Diaspora Conference, University of Indiana, Indianapolis, October 1998.
  • “Widowhood: A Discourse of ‘Othering’.” Women of Africa and the Diaspora Conference, University of Indiana, Indianapolis, October 1998.             
  • "Women Redefining Difference: Towards a Theory of Widowhood in Africa." African Studies Association (ALA), Chicago, November 1998.
  • "Igbo Language Films: Social Realism, Pedagogy and Ethnic Cinematographic Art." African Literature Association (ALA), March 16-20, 1997.
  • "The Novelist as Producer: Strategies for Understanding Flora Nwapa's Novels." New York African Studies Association (NYASA), Twentieth annual conference, Dobbs Ferry, New York, April 1996.
  • "The Novel or the Short Story: In Search of Africa's Representative Genre." African Literature Association (ALA), Stony Brook, March 1996.
  • "Nigerian First-Wave Feminist Criticism." Modern Language Association (MLA), San Diego, California, December, 1994.
  • "Beyond Black Studies, Multiculturism and Afrocentricity: Quo Vadis?" Nineteenth New York African Studies (NYASA) annual conference, 1994.
  • "Undrawing the Line: Teaching African Studies from an Interdisciplinary Perspective," Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, February 1994.
  • “Re (fusing) the Frame: Interdisciplinary as a Contemporary Discussion." Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, February 1993.-"Encounter Between Physics and Literature: A Reading of the Longer Works of Camara Laye." Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, February 1992.
  • "The Works of Camara Laye Revisited in the Light of the Quantum Question." Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, February 1991.
  • "L'image de la femme dans le roman Dramouss de Camara Laye." Department of Modern Languages, University of Lagos, May 1986.
  • "The Goldsmith in Camara Laye's The African Child: A Case of the Relevance of the Humanities to Individual and Collective Cultures." Faculty of Arts and Sciences annual conference, University of Lagos, March 1984.-"L'Engagement de René Philombe dans Histoires Queue De Chat," M.A. Thesis. University of Lagos, 1983.

Submitted, Accepted and Forthcoming

  • “‘Things Fall [‘Started to Fall’] Apart’”: William Butler Yeats, Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.” Journal of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA REVIEW), January 2008.
  •  “Narrative Nonfiction: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Fictional Nonfiction.” Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA), December, 2007.
  • “Sex and Imperialism in Africa: Evelyne Accad’s L’Excisée,” Journal of Development Alternatives, December, 2007.
  • “Conversation with Ken Bugul.” In: Interviews with African Women Writers. Ed. Maureen N. Eke.
  • “Globalization, Literary Creation, and Aesthetic Response: A Re-Reading of Chinua Achebe and Mariama Bâ.” In:. Ed. Onookome Okome. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2007.

Work in Progress

  • An untitled novel.