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Anne W. Gulick

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5969
Office: HUO, Room 319
Resources: English Language and Literature


PhD, Duke University, 2008
BA, Columbia University, 2000


    African and Caribbean literature
    Postcolonial Studies
    Literature and Human Rights


ENGL 270      World Literature
ENGL 288      British Literature
ENGL 391/CPLT 302    Great Books of the Western World II
ENGL 438D    African Literature
ENGL 438E    Caribbean Literature
ENGL 735      Postcolonial Literature and Theory
ENGL 850      The Modern African Novel
SCHC 457     Anticolonial Writing from the Haitian Revolution to Black Lives Matter


   • Department of English Language & Literature Morrison Fellowship, 2018
    Univ. of South Carolina Office of the Provost Humanities Grant, 2011-2012
    William Preston Few Dissertation Fellowship, 2007-2008
    Duke Institute for Critical U.S. Studies Travel and Study Award, June 2007
    Kenan Institute for Ethics Graduate Instructorship, 2006-2007
    Duke University Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2006
    Stephen Horne Award for Graduate Instruction in English, May 2006
    Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship Summer 2003 (Haitian Creole)

Research Projects

My current research is focused on representations of the African university in Anglophone African literature, and on what this history can tell us about contemporary global debates about the plight of higher education in an era of neoliberalism. The work of imagining the university in literature began the early twentieth century, and has become increasingly central in recent decades as more and more students have sought university education during the same period that neoliberal reform has transformed the structure and mission of higher education in Africa and around the world. I mine a diverse literary archive, including theoretical reflections on intellectual decolonization, works of academic fiction that lament the financial and philosophical failures of postcolonial universities, and literature that explores radical possibilities for how a newly emergent student precariat might chart new directions for education and knowledge production in a decolonial future. In African literature I identify a compelling rejoinder to the predominantly North American field of Critical Universtiy Studies, which has had little to say about how postcolonial contexts might inform and complicate our understanding of the twenty-first-century “university in ruins.” Drawing on Jean and John Comaroff’s assertion that “in the present moment it [may be] the global south that affords privileged insight into the workings of the world at large,” I propose that it is time to attend to Africa as the place from which a theory of the twenty-first-century university might emerge, rather than a place onto which such a pre-existing theory might merely be applied.

Selected Publications 

Literature, Law, and Rhetorical Performance in the Anticolonial Atlantic.  The Ohio State University Press,Spring 2016.

In my first book, entitled Literature, Law, and Rhetorical Performance in the Anticolonial Atlantic, I trace a dynamic literary history of African and Caribbean critical engagements with First World law that attests to the continuing vitality of anticolonialism as a model for intellectual inquiry and political performance. I argue that experimentation with declarative forms is a vital rhetorical strategy in the anticolonial Atlantic—one through which writers have asked, and sought new answers to, the question: who gets to “write” the law, and under what circumstances? These responses take shape in a generically and geographically diverse group of texts, from Haiti’s Declaration of Independence to Aimé Césaire’s surrealist poem of negritude to Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s novel of decolonization.  They constitute a robust transatlantic tradition of challenging colonial and imperial authority through rhetorical performance.  Drawing on the cosmopolitan aspirations and emancipatory energies of the political declaration, this tradition aims to radically re-invent the possibilities for law and political belonging in the postcolonial future.

    FORTHCOMING: “Decolonial Temporalities in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s The Book of Not.” Research in African Literatures 2020.
    "Africa, Pan-Africanism and the Global Caribbean in Maryse Condé's The Story of the Cannibal Woman." The Global South 4.2 (Fall 2010), 49-75.
    "Declaring Differently: C.L.R. James, International Law, and Mid-Twentieth Century Internationalisms." Peter D. O'Neill and David Lloyd, eds., The Black and Green Atlantic: Cross-Currents of the African and Irish Diasporas (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 213-227.
    "A Universal Rich in All Its Particulars: Aimé Césaire's Negritude and Human Rights," Negritude: Legacy and Present Relevance, ed. Isabelle Constant and Kahiudi C. Mabana (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars, 2009), 114-124.
    "We Are Not the People: The 1805 Haitian Constitution's Challenge to Political Legibility in the Age of Revolution." Special Issue, American Literature 78.4 (December 2006), "Global Contexts,         Local Literatures: The New Southern Studies," ed. Kathryn McKee and Annette Trefzer, 799-820.
    With Greg Berman, "Just the (Unwieldy, Hard to Gather But Nonetheless Essential) Facts, Ma'am: What We Know and Don't Know About Problem-Solving Courts." Fordham Urban Law Journal 30.3 (March 2003).

    Kevin Adonis Browne, Tropic Tendencies: Rhetoric, Popular Culture, and the Anglophone Caribbean. To appear in Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History.  
    Maria Fumagalli, Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity: Returning Medusa's Gaze and Heather Russell, Legba's Crossing: Narratology in the African Atlantic. American Literature 83.2 (June 2011).
    Paul Jay, Global Matters: The Transnational Turn in Literary Studies; Michael Malouf, Transatlantic Solidarities: Irish Nationalism and Caribbean Poetics; and Adam Lifshey, Specters of Conquest: Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures. American Literature 83.4 (December 2011).

Recent Presentations 

    “Decolonial Critical Pedagogy.” To be presented at a roundtable at the African Literature Association Annual Meeting, New Haven, June 2017.
    “Silenced Struggles: Forgetting to Remember Anticolonialism in Twenty-First-Century Anglophone African Fiction.” To be presented at the African Literature Association Annual Meeting, June 2017.
    “Present Pasts: Intergenerational Exchange and Anticolonial Afterlives in Contemporary Global Fiction.” To be presented at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Convention, Seattle, March, 2015.
    “Afropolitanism and Anticolonialism.” Presented at the ACLA Annual Convention, New York, March 20, 2014.
    “Anticolonial Afterlives and Teju Cole’s White Industrial Savior Complex.” Presented at the MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, January 8, 2014.
    “‘We Are Not the People’: Radical Authorship and the South African Freedom Charter.” Presented at the African Literature Association Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, March 20, 2013.
    “Narrating Anticolonialism in the Postcolonial Future: C.L.R. James’s Later Histories of Black Revolution.” Presented at the MLA Annual Convention, Boston, January 4, 2013.
    “African Literary Criticism and the Language of Human Rights.” Presented at the MLA Annual Convention, Boston, January 6, 2013.    
    "Cosmopolitan Fiction and the Resistant Anticolonial Trace." Presented at the International Conference on Narrative, Las Vegas, March 17, 2012.
    "Negritude and the Radicalization of Human Rights." Presented at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Seattle, January 5, 2012.
    "Formal Experimentation in the Law and Literature of Decolonization." Presented at the Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Buffalo, October 7, 2011.
    "Anomalous Exemplarity: Transatlantic Postcolonialism and Formal Experimentation in Haitian and South African Declarations." Presented at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Convention, Vancouver, March 31, 2011.