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Professor Evelyn O'Callaghan for Edward Baugh lecture

Published:Friday | October 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Edward Baugh. File photos

PROFESSOR OF West Indian and Caribbean Literature at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill campus, Evelyn O'Callaghan, will deliver the Eighth Annual Edward Baugh Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, October 16 in Lecture Theatre 1 (Faculty of Medical Sciences) at UWI, Mona, at 6 p.m.

Her lecture is titled 'Contesting Visual Meaning: West Indian Landscapes Real and Imagined'. The event is hosted by the Department of Literatures in English, UWI, Mona.

Born in Nigeria, of Irish parentage, raised in Jamaica, and a student of Professor Edward Baugh who supervised her doctoral thesis, Professor O'Callaghan is an accomplished educator and researcher whose lecture promises to be thought-provoking and delightful. Her diverse research interests include: women's narratives, feminist and postcolonial literary theory, constructions of sexuality in contemporary women's prose fiction, West Indian diaspora literature, narratives of indentured servitude, and Creole language continuum in Caribbean literature and culture. She is currently researching visual composition and art history related to 18th- and 19th-century representations of West Indian landscape.

Professor O'Callaghan is the author of two books: Woman Version: Theoretical Approaches to West Indian Fiction by Women (1993) and Women Writing the West Indies, 1804-1939: "A Hot Place, Belonging to Us" (2004).


Woman Version is a groundbreaking intervention in Caribbean feminist literary studies, as she uses the Jamaican popular musical form of dub to conceptualise Caribbean women's writing as a kind of dub version of preceding male-authored Caribbean texts and Western literary tradition, a remixing and recontextualising of local and global forms and themes from the perspective of gender and sexuality.

Women Writing the West Indies is a significant rethinking of West Indian literary history, which highlights the neglected presence of white West Indian women writers. Her scholarly work is marked by meticulous scholarship, a keen awareness of historical and cultural contexts, and an enviable ability to lucidly discuss sophisticated theoretical concepts.

The public is invited to attend.