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The Department of Literatures in English Congratulates Dr Isis Semaj-Hall and Dr Lisa Tomlinson
June 24, 2024

Dr Sharma Taylor is the Department of Literatures in English Writer-in-Residence

The Department of Literatures in English (DLIE) announces the award-winning and critically acclaimed Jamaican writer, Dr Sharma Taylor, as Writer-in-Residence for the period of Semester 2, 2024.

The author of the novel, What A Mother’s Love Don’t Teach You (2022) published by Virago Press, UK, Dr Taylor is the winner of the 2020 Queen Mary University of London, Wasafiri New Writing Prize, the 2020 Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Award and the inaugural 2019 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize   from Bocas Lit Fest. Her work also won second prize in the 2020 First Novel Prize, organised by Daniel Goldsmith Associates Ltd. Dr Taylor has been short/longlisted for numerous literary prizes and awards, including the recently announced V.S. Prichett Short Story Prize for her story, “The three deaths of Nina Carmichael”. She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize no less than four times.  Dr Taylor has also been announced as a 2023 Musgrave Medal awardee for Literature in the Bronze category.

A proud UWI graduate and corporate attorney, Dr Taylor holds an LLB and LLM from The UWI, and a PhD in Copyright Law from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She has received extensive training in creative writing, and as Writer-in-Residence is responsible for the delivery of the Level 2 course, “Creative Writing: Prose Fiction”. The post of Writer-in-Residence is intended to help develop the department’s creative writing programme and provide mentorship for aspiring writers in the UWI undergraduate community.

On March 21, Dr Taylor will read at “Love Affair with Literature”, one of the department’s signature activities. She will be joined on the stage by poet and journalist, Mel Cooke, author of the poetry collection 11/9 (Blouse and Skirt Books, 2008). The event will also feature a special tribute to the late Professor Emeritus, Edward Baugh, directed by Eugene Williams and Carolyn Allen.

“Love Affair” begins at 5.30 p.m. and will be held in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), UWI, Mona. It will be preceded by another DLIE signature event, “Poetry Clash”, a poetry competition featuring the performance of unpublished poems, at 2.30 p.m. in the Faculty of Humanities and Education courtyard. All are welcome.

March 07, 2024

The Retirement of Dr Norval Edwards

January 16, 2024

Faculty Tribute to Professor Edward Baugh

December 13, 2023

Visualizing Caribbean Literature

The Department of Literatures in English invites you to visit the latest digital humanities project of  the Create Caribbean Research Institute, Visualizing Caribbean Literature (VCL),  an interactive database of more than 3,000 literary works about the Caribbean experience or by writers identifying as Caribbean people.  ‌ ‌DLIE is a participant in Create Caribbean's Community Partnership programme and benefits from  its workshops and projects as well as the opportunities it provides  for graduate and undergraduate internships.
Experience this project here:

April 14, 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS: West Indian Literature Conference

West Indian Literature Conference
October 12-14, 2023
Caribbean literary and cultural criticism highlights the myriad connections between geography, history, language, identities, culture, and forms of knowledge. From George Lamming reading Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a metaphor of the colonial relation to Sylvia Wynter highlighting the racialized foundations of Western Humanism, Caribbean writers and critics have invested in what Edouard Glissant calls “a poetics of relation.” This necessary awareness of connections has shaped the annual West Indian Literature Conference’s evolution from its initial focus on Anglophone Caribbean literature toward a Pan-Caribbean focus on literatures in all the languages of the Caribbean and its diasporas. The widening of linguistic and territorial connections has occurred in tandem with disciplinary and interdisciplinary expansion. Film, visual studies, popular music, cultural studies, digital humanism, activism, and performance studies are now routinely included in the conference menu agenda, as are contemporary explorations of Caribbean futurity.
With this year’s focus on connections, the 41st West Indian Literature Conference seeks to bring together academics, postgraduate students, creative practitioners, secondary school educators, and the general public to both critically assess the literature and celebrate the scholarly analysis of West Indian (Caribbean) literary artists. This conference gathering also takes the opportunity to recognize the connections between West Indian music and West Indian writing. We honor the life and brilliant cultural criticism of the late Professor Emeritus Gordon Rohlehr (UWI, St. Augustine), and we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Noises in the Blood by Professor Emerita Carolyn Cooper (UWI, Mona); and Woman Version by Professor Emeritus Evelyn O’Callaghan (UWI, Cave Hill), two texts that continue to inspire scholars to make new critical connections among gender, music, orality, and literature.
Hosted by the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (Kingston, Jamaica), the 41st annual West Indian Literature Conference invites papers and panel proposals that explore the critical connections in Caribbean literary and cultural studies.
Papers can include but are not limited to topics such as:

• Regional, international, and diasporic connections
• Linguistic and cross-cultural relations
• Institutional and disciplinary affiliations
• Noises in the Blood, thirty years later
    > Connecting gender and orality
• Woman Version, thirty years later
   > Connecting music and women’s literary voices
• Digital cartographies and connections
• Environmental and terrestrial connections
• Supernatural and existential connections
• Dialogic conversations
• Literature and history
• Literature, visual culture (film), and graphic representation
• Museums, galleries, archives, and curation
• Culture and criticism
• Sexualities and textualities
• Pedagogy, challenges, and innovations
• Connecting non-Caribbean texts in West Indian contexts
• Indigenous identities, Maroons, and dis/connections to colonizers
• Broken connections
• Treaties, heritages, roots, and the law
• Vibes and spiritual connections
• Performance culture, popular culture
• Non-human and animal connections
• Vernacular culture
• Roots and grassroots cultures
• Points of contagion
• Publishing and industries of dispersal 
• Culinary connections
• Art, activism and community building
Individual abstracts: should include presenter’s name and institution, email address, title, and a 250-word abstract.
Abstracts for panels: Three-person or four-person panels can be proposed. The chair of the panel should submit a 350-word abstract for the panel, that includes the panelists’ names, email addresses, affiliations, and the panel’s title. We additionally welcome panels dedicated to Cooper’s Noises in the Blood and O’Callaghan’s Woman Version.

The conference will be face to face but will provide opportunities for a limited number of fully online panels to participate.
Abstracts should be emailed to The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 15, 2023.

March 08, 2023

The Department of Literatures in English Participates in Create Caribbean Partnership Programme

October 12, 2022

Welcome to the 2022-2023 Academic Year

The Department of Literatures in English is happy to welcome all our new students! We've had a wonderful time getting to know you all at this week's orientation, and we're pleased to announce that the department will be returning to face-to-face learning. We look forward to this new academic year, and we encourage you to reach out to our staff for all your academic needs as you embark upon this amazing new journey. 

August 31, 2022

Welcome Dr. Aisha Spencer

Join us as we welcome our new Acting Head of Department, Dr. Aisha Spencer!

Dr. Spencer is a Senior Lecturer in Language and Literature Education, in The Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. She has been teaching language and literature for over twenty-three years and has been training prospective and current teachers for approximately eighteen years. 

Among her numerous accomplishment and positions of esteem, she is the co-editor of an anthology of Caribbean poetry, entitled ‘Give the Ball to the Poet’: A New Anthology of Caribbean Poetry and has published chapters and articles focused on Caribbean Children’s Literature, Literature Education, Postcolonialism, Gender and Love Studies in Caribbean female-authored short fiction texts. She is also the Founder and Director of Jamaica’s first annual national poetry recitation competition, Talk the Poem.

Her research interests include:

  • Gender and Nation in Postcolonial Literature
  • Caribbean Children's Literature
  • Poetry Pedagogy
  • Transformative and Response-oriented approaches to the teaching of Literature
  • The Caribbean female-authored Short Story.

We look forward to a fantastic year under Dr Spencer's leadership, and we are proud to have her on our team. 

March 05, 2021
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