Imani D. Owens specializes in African American and Caribbean literature, music, and performance, as well as histories of migration and empire in the global South. She is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Writing Crossroads: Folk Culture, Imperialism, and U.S.-Caribbean Literature, which charts discourses of folk culture, literary form, and anti-imperialist poetics in Caribbean and African American texts during the interwar period.
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Scholar-in-Residence, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2018
Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow, 2017
Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Literature, 2013-2014
Peer Reviewed Publications:
“New Empires: The Caribbean and the United States.” Caribbean Literature in Transition. Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.
“Toward a ‘Truly Indigenous Theatre’: Sylvia Wynter Adapts Federico García Lorca.” Postcolonial Reading Publics, special issue of Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. 4.1 (2017): 49-67.
“Hard Reading: U.S. Empire and Black Modernist Aesthetics in Eric Walrond’s Tropic Death.” MELUS41.4 (2016): 96-115.
“Beyond Authenticity: The U.S. Occupation of Haiti and the Politics of Folk Culture.” Journal of Haitian Studies21.2 (2015): 350-370.