Doreatha D. Mbalia

Doreatha D. Mbalia


Mitchell Hall, 220 (Fall 2013), 219 (Spring 2014)
(414) 229-5085
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Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana

Research Interests:

Pan-Africanism, African Women Studies, and African People Compared: Africa and the Diaspora. Biography of Kwame Nkrumah; John Edgar Wideman, Toni Morrison, developmental writing texts.

Teaching Interests:

The foundations of Afro-American literary thought and criticism. The individual and society in African-American, African and Caribbean literature. The formation, content and social utility of symbolism mythology, folklore, aesthetics and the uses of language in the Afroworld. Women's literature.

Courses Offered:

Africol 102: Survey of African-American Literature
Africol 205: The Poetry of African, African-American, and Caribbean Writers
Africol 210: The African-American Novel
Africol 372: African-American Literary Movements: The Harlem Renaissance
Africol 414: The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean
Africol 565: Topics in Africology: Africana Womanism
Africol 708: Critical Literary Theory in the History of Ideas (I): Understanding the Cultural Roots of Africological Literary Theory
Africol 709: Critical Literary Theory in the History of Ideas (II): The Novels of Toni Morrison

Selected Publications:

Mbalia, Doreatha D. Kwame Nkrumah: Contributions to the African Revolution. London: Panaf, 2011.

Mbalia, Doreatha and Ahmed F. Mbalia. (In Press). “Egalitarianism as a Prerequisite for Achieving Kwame Nkrumah’s Vision of Pan-Africanism” in The Contribution of Kwame Nkrumah to Pan-Africanism and Internationalism, and its Contemporary Relevance: Proceedings of the Kwame Nkrumah Centenary Colloquium, Accra, Ghana.

Mbalia, Doreatha and Ahmed F. Mbalia, Preface, Pan-Africanism and Its Detractors: A Response to Harvard’s Race-Effacing Universalists by Opoku Agyeman. Westview, 2004.

Mbalia, Doreatha Drummond. Toni Morrison’s Developing Class Consciousness. Second Edition. Cranbury, NJ: Susquehanna University Press, 2004.

Mbalia, Doreatha Drummond. Heritage: An African-American Reader. NY: Prentice Hall, 2002.

Mbalia, Doreatha Drummond. Tar Baby: A Reflection of Toni Morrison’s Developed Class Consciousness. In Toni Morrison. Linden Peach, editor. NY: St. Martin’s Press, Inc., 1998.

Mbalia, Doreatha Drummond. Pathways: A Text for Developing Writers. Second Edition. NY: Allyn & Bacon, 1998.