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Suzanne Scafe

Dr Suzanne Scafe is an Associate Professor in Caribbean and Post-colonial Literatures in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University. She has published several essays on Black British writing and culture and Caribbean women’s fiction. Her recent work includes essays on Black British women’s autobiographical writing, published in the journals Changing English (17:2), Women: A Cultural Review (20:4), Life Writing (10:2) and for The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Writing (2016).

She is co-author (with Donatella Maraschin) of the chapter, 'Re-mapping Women's Testimonies into Networked Subjectivities: The Quipu Project' (2016), which looks at the role of testimony in a range of media outputs created to raise awareness of practices of forced sterilisation in Peru.

She is the author of The Heart of the Race: Black Women's Lives in Britain (1985) and Teaching Black Literature (1989); the co-editor of a collection of essays, I Am Black/White/Yellow: The Black Body in Europe (2007); two special issues of Feminist Review, Creolization and Affect (2013) and Black British Feminism (2014) and a special issue on Caribbean Women’s short fiction for the journal Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (2016).

She has written several articles and book chapters on the Caribbean short story and on contemporary Caribbean and Black British women writers such as Diana Evans, Merle Collins, Erna Brodber, Brenda Flanagan, Donna Hemans and Zee Edgell, and on representations of diaspora in Caribbean women's short fiction writers and Caribbean-British poets Dorothea Smart, Jean Binta Breeze and Amryl Johnson.


Journal Articles

(2007) ‘Refusing “Slave Man’s Revenge”: Reading the Politics of the Resisting Body in Zee Edgell’s Beka Lamb and Brenda Flanagan’s You Alone Are Dancing’, Changing English, Vol: 14 no. 1, pp23-38.
(2009) ‘The Embracing “I”: Mothers and Daughters in Contemporary Black Women’s Auto/biography’,  Women: A Cultural Review, Vol: 20 no. 3, Winter  pp277-86 (Routledge).
(2009) ‘“Let Me Tell You How It Really Was”: Authority, Legitimacy and Fictive Structures of Reality in Contemporary Black Women’s Autobiography’, Changing English, Vol: 17 no. 2, pp 129-40 (Routledge/Taylor Francis).
(2011) ‘“Gruesome and yet Fascinating”: Hidden, Disgraced and Disregarded Cultural Forms in Jamaican Short Fiction 1938-50’, Journal of Caribbean Literatures, Vol: 6 no. 3, pp 67-80.
(2012) ‘Circuits of Identity and Cultural Transformation in the Work of Two Caribbean-diasporic Poets: Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and Dorothea Smartt’ Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean 14. 1 pp. 42-64.
(2013) Lives Written in Fragments: the Self-Representational ‘I’ in Caribbean Diasporic Women’s Auto/biography’ Life Writing, Vol 10: no 2, pp 1-20.
(2013) ‘ “She Found a Way, Left the Child”: ‘Child-shifting’  as Plantation’s Affects and Love’s Paradox in Donna Hemans’ River Woman’  Feminist Review 104. pp. 38-52.
(2015) ‘Re-placing Wealth, Re-mapping Social Division: Kingston in the Fiction of Brian Meeks and Diana McCaulay’, ZAA, Vol 63, no. 2, pp. 215-227.
(2015) ‘Quest-ce Qu’elle Dit? What she say: what she say? Translating the Resisting Other in Contemporary Caribbean Women’s Writing’ Synthesis 7. Special Issue Perspectives from the Radical Other.

Book Chapters

(2007) ‘Home and Belonging in the Drama of Roy Williams’, in Anim-Addo, Joan and Suzanne Scafe (eds.) I Am Black/White/Yellow – Signifying the Black Body in Europe. London: Mango Publications, pp71- 87.(2011) ‘“The Lesser Names Beneath the Peaks”: Jamaican Short Fiction and its Contexts 1938-1950’, in Lucy Evans, Mark McWatt and Emma Smith (eds.) The Caribbean Short Story: Critical Perspectives. Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, pp 44-58.
(2013) ‘Translation, resistance and the transformational poetics of Dorothea Smartt and Amryl Johnson’ in Faraclas, N; R. Severing; C. Weijer; E. Echted and M. Hinds- Lane eds. Transcultural Roots Uprising: The Rhizomatic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the Caribbean.  Curacoa: University of the Netherlands Antilles.  pp 87-100.
(2014)  Home/lessness, Exile and Triangular Identities in the Drama of Caryl Phillips’ in Brewer, M., L. Goddard and D. Osborne eds. Contemporary Black British Drama. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan pp. 62-76.
(2015) ‘Diana Evans’ 26a and The Wonder: Space, Place and Affect’ in Misrahi-Barak, Judith, David Howard, Thomas Lacroix and Sally Barbour  eds. Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’. Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Mediterranée. pp 115-134.
(2015) ‘Unsettling the Centre: Black British Fiction’ in Eagleton, M. and E. Parker (eds). The History of British Women Writers Vol. X. Basingstoke: Palgrave, Macmillan.
(2016) ‘Black Women Subjects in Autobiographical Discourse’ in Osborne, D. The Cambridge Companion to Britiah Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010).  Cambridge: CUP, pp.144-158
(2016) with D. Maraschin, ‘Re-mapping Women’s Testimonies into Neworked Subjectivities: the Quipu Project’ in Takhar, S. ed. Gender and Race Matter: Global Perspectives on Being a Woman. Bingley, UK: Emerald books.

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