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Seodial Frank H. Deena

Office: Bate 2105
Phone: 252-328-6683

Seodial Frank H. Deena is Professor of Multicultural and Postcolonial/Transnational Literature and Criticism at East Carolina University where he co-coordinates the Graduate Multicultural and Transnational Literatures Program and teaches multicultural, world, postcolonial, African American, and Caribbean literatures, as well as the Bible as Literature.  He received his Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his masters degree from Chicago State University, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Guyana.  His research includes three books, 42 articles, and 150 presentations (92 conference presentations and 58 other scholarly presentations).  He has published widely in professional journals such as College Language Association Journal, UFAHAMU: Journal of the African Activist Association, Commonwealth Novel in English, Commonwealth Review, Indo-American Review, Afro-American Literature, The Literary GRIOT, and Journal of Caribbean Studies; and has chapters in Postcolonial Discourse (Prestige 1996), Literature of Nature (Fitzroy Dearborn 1998), Alice Walker’s The Color Purple: A Reader’s Companion (Asia Book Club 2002), Latitude 63˚ North (Mid-Sweden University College 2002), and Terranglian Territories (Peter Lang 2000).  His books, Canonization, Colonization, Decolonization: A Comparative Study of Political and Critical Works by Minority Writers (Peter Lang Publishing INC., 2001), From Around the Globe: Secular Authors and Biblical Perspectives (University Press of America, 2007), and Situating Caribbean Literature and Criticism in Multicultural and Postcolonial Studies (Peter Lang Publishing INC., 2009), have been published. and he is currently working on "Multicultural, Postcolonial, and Postmodern Cross-sections and Intersections with the Bible, Literature, and Culture." Dr. Deena has traveled to more than 50 countries, and he brings an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary approach to his research, teaching, and service. 

Dr. Deena is the founder and editor of RNLAJ (Region and Nation Literature Association Journal), which is the journal of Region and Nation Literature Association, and the current editor of Journal of Caribbean Studies, which is the journal of the Association of Caribbean Studies.  He served as MLA Bibliographer for six postcolonial journals, and he is on the editorial boards of Indo-American Review, The Commonwealth Review, and A Turbulent Voyage.  He reads for Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies and Literature Interpretation Theory, and is the Vice President of the Association of Caribbean Studies.

He loves spending time with his wife Debbie and four children—Shivaun, Esther, Rachel, and David and doing glocal (global and local) humanitarian work.

Professor Deena is a critical and cultural analyst/explorer of postcolonial, multicultural, and transnational concerns in selected, comparative world literatures, especially Caribbean literatures.  Using a mosaic of critical theories—postcolonial, feminist, post-Marxist, cultural, and postmodern—he applies this mosaic to a selected body of world literatures, with Caribbean, African American, African, and Indian literatures at the base.  His scholarship becomes an interdisciplinary, intertextual, and intercultural literary analysis—probing into the historical, socio-economic and political, cultural, and geographical conditions under which postcolonial and multicultural writers produce their work, but also under which these characters must struggle for voice, freedom, and identity.  Additionally, he encourages a cross talk among texts, both canonical and non-canonical.  Professor Deena’s research, then, examines various forms of colonial and canonical marginalization, oppression, and exploitation as depicted in world literatures, and he seeks to present a global perspective of his research findings. 

Teacher's Certification, Lillian Dewar College of Education, Guyana
B.A. University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana
M.A. Chicago State niversity
Ph.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Postcolonial Literature
Multicultural Literature
Caribbean Literature
World Literature
African Literature
African American Literature
Biblical Literature
Cultural Criticism
Feminist Criticism
Postcolonial Criticism

Courses Taught
7365: Multicultural Literature Seminar
6365: Special Topics Seminar in Multicultural Literature
6360: World Literature Written in English
6340: Ethnic American Literature
5360: Studies in African American Literature
3640: Literature and Religion
3630: The Bible as Literature
3260: Black Literature in America
3100: World Literature in English
1200: Composition
1100: Composition

E-mail & Website Links
Personal Website
Graduate Multicultural Lit Program
Index Page
Study Abroad Summer 2009: Guyana/Brazil