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Kevin Frank


Location: VC 7-293
Phone: (646) 312-3984


Kevin Frank attained his PhD and MA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his BA from the University of Southern California. He was also a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. A Guyanese native, Professor Frank has an abiding interest in literature and culture of the African and Asian Diasporas, particularly Anglophone Caribbean, but also U.S. and “Black” British. His concentration also encompasses Victorian and modern British studies pertinent to his focus on colonial, neocolonial, and postcolonial issues.

Selected Works

“‘Whether Beast or Human’: the Cultural Legacies of Dread, Locks, and Dystopia.” Small Axe: a Caribbean Journal of Criticism 23 = 11:2 (Summer 2007), 42-62. (Historicizes and delineates the racial exploitation of one of the most potent Caribbean symbols, dreadlocks.)

“Female Agency and Oppression in Caribbean Bacchanalian Culture: Soca, Carnival, and Dancehall.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 35: 1 & 2 (Spring & Summer 2007), 172-190. (Analyzes public sexual performances coming out of what Paul Gilroy identifies as part of the compensatory politics of the subordinated within Black Atlantic culture.)

“Abroad at Home: Xenomania and Voluntary Exile in The Middle Passage, Salt, and Tide Running.” Journal of Caribbean Studies 20:3 (Summer & Fall 2006), 161-183. (Re-examines the causes and consequences of Caribbean alienation.)

“Creole Carnival: Unwrapping the Pleasures and the Paradoxes of the Gift of Creolization.” The Atlantic Literary Review 6:3 (Summer 2005), 1-19. (Questions the efficacy of the poetics of creolization.)

"Two Kinds of Utility: England’s ‘Supremacy’ and the Quest for Completion in David Dabydeen’s The Intended." Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 3:1 (Coral Gables, FL: University of Miami, 2005), online journal. (Concerns the Caribbean writer’s crucial confrontation with colonial literary models.)

"Caught in the Slips: Boundaries of C. L. R. James' Imagination." Journal of Caribbean Studies 15:3 (Lexington, KY: Association of Caribbean Studies, 2001): 223-244. (Investigates the lack of unity between historicists and poeticists in the Caribbean philosophical tradition, and the nostalgia for romantic ideals associated with the imperial order.)

“Censuring the Praise of Alienation: Interstices of Ante-Alienation in Things Fall Apart, No Longer At Ease, and Arrow of God.” Commonwealth Essays and Studies. Forthcoming (Spring 2010). (Revisits Achebe’s African trilogy and finds cause to censure Abiola Irele’s somewhat sacrosanct praise of alienation).

The critical insights of these scholarly essays coalesce in his forthcoming book on Caribbean ontology.

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