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Janis A. Mayes

Janis A. Mayes


Associate Professor
African American Studies

jamayes@syr.edu

203 Sims Hall
315.443.9348


    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