• Elaine Savory

    Associate Professor of Literary Studies

    Office Location:

    Eugene Lang Building


    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.

    Degrees Held:

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.