The Department of English
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Tuzyline Allan is a professor of English at Baruch College. She holds BA (Honors), MA, and PhD degrees in English, with a specialization in African American and postcolonial literatures, feminist theory and criticism, and Modernism. Her publications in these fields include an award-winning book, Womanist and Feminist Aesthetics: A Comparative Review (1995), Twelve Best Books by African Women (2009, co-editor), three volumes of Women Writing Africa (co-series editor), and the forthcoming Cambridge edition of Virginia Woolf’s first novel, The Voyage Out (co-editor). In essays, she has compared the writings of Woolf and Alice Walker, Woolf and Nella Larsen, Bessie Head and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Her research on African women writers has led to critical readings of the novels of Ama Ata Aidoo, Buchi Emecheta, and Lindsay Collen. Recently, she published “Modernism, Gender, and Africa,” and “Feminist Scholarship in Africa.”
In 2005 she received a certificate of achievement award from Pen and Brush, Inc. (an international organization of women artists founded 113 years ago) for her research work in Africa. She is currently writing a book on African women and colonial education.
Professor Allan has taught variously at the CUNY Graduate Center, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Rutgers University. At Baruch, in addition to the Great Works and courses in African American literature, she has taught Black British Writers, four Feit seminars, and numerous Independent Study courses. She also organizes the Addison Gayle Memorial Lecture Series and in 2002 served briefly as chairperson of the Black and Latino Studies Department.