Janis A. Mayes

Associate Professor, African American Studies


Research and Teaching Interests

African and Diaspora literatures in French and English languages, International Black women's writing and critical theories; Toni Morrison; Literary translation practice and studies.




Selected Publications

Toni Morrison:  Au-Dela du visible ordinaire/ Beyond the Ordinary Visible (with Kekeh-Dika and Graham), L’Imaginaire du Texte, Presses Universitaire de Vincennes, 2015.

A Rain of Words: A Bi-lingual Anthology of Women's Poetry in Francophone Africa  (editor, Irene d'Almeida), CARAF Books, University of Virginia Press, 2009.    

 -- Audio:  Five (5) Translations from  A Rain of Words featured during special series organized by the Scottish library featuring poems from every single nation competing in the 2012 World Olympics held in London.

http://scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/my-son

http://scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/agoh-o-childrens-nation

http://scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/village

http://scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/african-moon

http://scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/thank-you-being-woman


The Blind Kingdom (Le Royaume Aveugle) by Véronique Tadjo, Ayebia Clarke Publishers, 2008.   

Mapping Intersections: African Literature and Africa's Development  ( with Anne Adams). Africa World Press, 1998

The City Where No One Dies (La Ville Où Nul Ne Meurt) by Bernard Binlin Dadie. Lynne Reinner Publishers, 1986.




Memberships

Fulbright Scholar & Visiting Professor :  Cheikh Anta Diop Université de Dakar; Université Nationale de Cote d’Ivoire (Cocody)

International Program SU-Abroad, Founding Director: Paris Noir: Literature, Art and Contemporary Life in Diaspora, 2000-

Former Member, Texts and Translations Publications Committee, Modern Language Association

Former President,  African Literature Association

Editorial Boards,  JALA ( Journal of the African Literature Association);  Présence Africaine