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Nicole Aljoe

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Director of Africana Studies Program; Associate Professor of English

Professor Nicole N. Aljoe is an associate professor of English and African American Studies and Director of the Africana Studies Program. Her fields of specialization are eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Black Atlantic Literature, the Slave Narrative, Postcolonial Studies, and eighteenth-century British Novel. Professor Aljoe’s recent publications include “Caribbean Slave Narratives” in The Oxford Handbook of African American Slave Narratives. She is co-editor of Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas, University of Virginia Press, 2014 and co-editor of Islands in the Stream: The Early Caribbean in Literary History (forthcoming Palgrave MacMillan).

Professor Aljoe’s current projects include:

Digital Humanities Projects • Co-Director, Early Caribbean Digital Archive • Project Convener, Just Teach One: African American Print ( • Editor: Caribbeana: The Journal of the Early Caribbean Society ( Early Black Boston Digital Almanac Book Projects (in progress) • “Do You Remember the Days of Slavery: The Neo-Slave Narrative in Contemporary Caribbean Cultural Production” • “Racing the Rise of the Novel: Black Lives and the 18th Century Novel in Europe”

  • A Literary History of the Early Caribbean: Islands in the Stream (Forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan) Co-editors Brycchan Carey (Kingston University, UK) and Thomas Krise (Pacific Lutheran University)
  • Beginnings: African American Literature 1700-1750. Editor. African American Literature in Transition 1700-2015. Series Editor Joycelyn Moody. (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press)
  • “Transnational and Postcolonial Caribbean Afro-Caribbean Life Writing.” Cambridge History of African American Autobiography. (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).
  • “The song of the unfettered slave”:19th Century African American Writers on West Indian Emancipation.” Ed. Fagan, Ben and Joycelyn Moody (Ser. Ed.). African American Literature in Transition: 1830-50. (Forthcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press,).
  • “Black Slave Narratives as Popular Culture” In Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, Vol. 5, U.S.Popular Print to 1860. Eds. Mary and Ron Zboray. (Forthcoming, Oxford UP 2017)
  • “Caribbean Slave Narratives.” In The Oxford Handbook of African American Slave Narratives. Ed. John Ernest. New York: Oxford University Press (2013).
  • “Aria for Ethiopia: Pauline Hopkins’ Reclamations of Opera in Of One Blood.” African American Review (In Press, June 2013).
  • “Teaching Caribbean Slave Narratives.” In Approaches to Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature. (Options for Teaching series) Ed. Supriya Nair. New York: MLA. (November 2012).
  • Creole Testimonies: Slave Narratives of The British West Indies, 1709-1838. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan. (January 2012).
  • “’Going to Law’: Legal Discourse and Testimony in Early West Indian Slave Narratives.” Early American Literature. 46.2 (June 2011): 351-381.
  • Education

    Tufts University

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  • Address

    463 Holmes Hall or 225A Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue,
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    Mondays and Thursdays 10:00-11:30am


Course catalog
  • Surveys the development and range of black American writers, emphasizing poetry and prose from early colonial times to the Civil War.

  • Writing Boston

    ENGL 3375

    Explores how writing shapes the life of, and life in, the city. Considers how Boston is constructed in a range of discourses and disciplines. Offers students an opportunity to research and write about the city and participate in a community-based writing project.