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Catherine A. John

Email Dr. John at cjohn@ou.edu.


Catherine John is an Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of English. Her research and teaching is focused on the connections between the Afro-Caribbean & African American literary and cultural traditions. She published Clear Word and Third Sight: Folk Groundings and Diasporic Consciousness in African Caribbean Writing with both Duke Press (2003) and The University Press of the West Indies (2004). Her current book-in-progress is entitled The Just Society and the Diasporic Imagination. She has recently published the essay, “Black Film Comedy as Vital Edge: A Re-Assessment of the Genre” in A Companion to Film Comedy (2012) as well as "Caribbean Organic Intellectual: The Life and Legacy of Erna Brodber's Work" in Small Axe (2012). She regularly teaches an "Introduction to African American Literature," as well as a popular culture course entitled, "Hip Hop as Poetry, Literature and Cultural Expression." She also teaches graduate seminars as well as other upper and lower division courses that address African Diaspora literature and culture. She is affiliated with both the African & African American Studies and Film and Media Studies Programs here at the University of Oklahoma.(1999).


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