Savory, Elaine

elaine savory

Elaine Savory

PhD, Postcolonial Literature, University of the West Indies;
MPhil, World Literature, University of Leeds;
BA (First Class Honors), English and American Literature, University of Leeds

Associate Professor Literature


Scholarship is discovery, writing is craft, teaching is sharing and the joy of community. The discipline I love brings them together, and then becomes a productive part of our rich collective intellectual community.

Courses Taught:
  • Borderlines: Introduction to Lyric Poetry
  • Poetics for Beginners
  • Diaspora, Difference, Home: Reading the Postcolonial Novel
  • Living with Death, Affirming Life: The Anglophone Elegy
  • Genres and Culture
  • Lines of Dissent: Poetry and Tradition
  • Texts in Dialogue: Postcolonial Writers Revision the European Literary Canon
Recent Publications:
  • “Contemporary CaribbeanWriters in Conversation (series): Interview with Pamela Mordecai”,  Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Disaporas, Vol 7, No 2. 2004
  • “Interview with Olive Senior”, Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Disaporas, Vol 8, No 3. 2005
  • “Tidalectics: An Theory of the Literary Relationship of the West Indies and the U.S." (keynote speech, July 2005, Toronto and public lecture, October 2005, Ithaca, now in press)
  • “National-Transnational: Bruce St John’s Barbadian Voice” (in press).
  • Review of Kamau Brathwaite’s Born to Slow Horses in Wasafiri, Summer 2006.
Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
65 West 11th Street, Room 455
New York, NY  10011
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x2235


Research Interests:

My research has been primarily in Caribbeanand African literatures, especially women’s writing, poetry, drama and theater. I have worked particularly on Jean Rhys and Kamau Brathwaite. At the moment I am working on a study of the Anglophone elegy, and editing the selected works of Barbadian poet Bruce St John.

Professional Affiliations:
  • Modern Language Association,
  • Association of Caribbean Women Writers
  • Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States
  • Association for the Study of the Short Story
  • African Literature Association.

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