UC Professor of English Amy Elder Speaks As Part Of Native American Indian Heritage Month.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 23, in TUC 400A from noon–1 p.m. It is jointly sponsored by Diversity Education, Friday Night Live, the UC Women’s Center and the Office of

Ethnic Programs & Services


Amy Elder is a professor of English and an affiliate professor of Women’s Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chigao in 1970 and her M.A. from the University of Denver in 1962.

Elder was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, from 1976–1977. Her present interests are orature and African, ethnic American and Australian aboriginal literatures. Her publications include “The Hindered Hand”: Cultural Implications of Early African-American Fiction (1978) and articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on East African literature, African women writers, orature, African American literature, African American women writers and aboriginal literature. Her graduate and undergraduate teaching reflects these interests. She is secretary of the African Literature Association (ALA) and president of the women’s caucus of the ALA; she is also a member of the African Studies Association and the ACLU.

"I am currently working on the fiction of three African writers: Kojo Laing from Ghana, Ben Okri from Nigeria and Yvonne Vera from Zimbabwe,” says Elder. “I am analyzing these writers from the perspectives of orature and postmodernism.”

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