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Anne W. Gulick

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Email: agulick@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-576-5969
Office: HUO, Room 319
Resources: English Language and Literature
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Education 

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

Specialization 

    African and Caribbean literature
    Postcolonial Studies
    Literature and Human Rights

Courses 

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

Accolades 

   • 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 

I specialize in twentieth- and twenty-first-century English-language African and Caribbean literature, postcolonial theory, critical human rights studies, and critical university studies. My first book, Literature, Law, and Rhetorical Performance in the Anticolonial Atlantic (The Ohio State University Press 2016), uncovers a longstanding dynamic literary history of African and Caribbean critical engagements with First World law, dating back to the 1804 Haitian Declaration of Independence and manifesting much later in some of postcolonial literature’s most canonical titles. 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? Drawing on the cosmopolitan aspirations and emancipatory energies of the political declaration, this generically and geographically diverse archive works to radically re-invent the possibilities for law and political belonging in the postcolonial future.

My current book project explores how the African university has been imagined and theorized in African letters from the early twentieth century up through the present, and propose that this history has much to contribute to contemporary global debates about the plight of higher education in an era of neoliberalism. Anglophone African literature’s engagement with the idea of the university dates back to 1911, when J.E. Casely Hayford made the university the cornerstone of his ambitious, transnational vision of a decolonial Africa of the future. Just over a hundred years after the publication of Ethiopia Unbound, student protesters forced the removal of the statue of Cecil Rhodes from the center of the University of Cape Town’s campus, sparking a nationwide series of student movements aimed at addressing both the material and intellectual legacies of colonialism and apartheid in higher education. While #RhodesMustFall lays bare the distance between Hayford’s early-twentieth-century vision and the reality of higher education in the postcolony, it also serves as proof that the idea of the African university as a site of radical political, intellectual, and social transformation remains alive and well. These touchstones in the long twentieth- and twenty-first-century history of the African university ground my research, which also engages contemporary transnational debates about the plight of the neoliberal university—debates that tend to center exclusively around institutions located in the U.S. and Western Europe. 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.

In another, more nascent research project I am exploring how African women writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries deploy the trilogy form as well as multigenerational narratives in order to probe and challenge the way we periodize anti- and postcolonial history. In a forthcoming article in Research in African Literatures I read Tsitsi Dangarembga’s The Book of Not—the 2006 sequel to her 1988 Nervous Conditions—as an uncomfortably untimely novel of decolonization, a twentieth-century novel written in the twenty-first-century whose temporal disjointedness invites us to interrogate the norms of reading and writing Africa’s anticolonial past in our postcolonial, neoliberal present. An article in progress explores how the multigenerational narrative structure of Aminatta Forna’s Ancestor Stones historicizes the postcolonial state in ways that refute rigid periodizations of the colonial and anticolonial past that identify independence as a definitive rupture point. Drawing on Susan Andrade’s insights about the often subterranean radicalism of African women’s fiction, I argue that Forna’s novel—the first in what is now a trilogy—illuminates matrilineal and matrihistorical lines of connectivity across generational divides, complicating and deepening an emergent historical narrative about the purchase of anticolonialism in the twenty-first century.

Selected Publications 

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

The era of national liberation and decolonization may have come and gone, but postcolonialism remains a largely elusive ideal in the early twenty-first century.  Literature, Law, and Rhetorical Performance in the Anticolonial Atlantic uncovers 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.  Anne Gulick argues 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.

ARTICLES
    "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).

BOOK REVIEWS
    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.


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