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Mariam Deme

Mariam Konate Deme

Mariam Konate Deme
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Gender and Women's Studies

Office: (269) 387-2643

Mailing Address
Western Michigan University
3061 Moore Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5311

Ph.D., African-American Studies, Temple University

Research interests
Francophone and Anglophone African literature and culture; African-American history literature and culture

Dr. Mariam Konate Deme, assistant professor of Africana Studies and Gender and Women's Studies examines in her dissertation "The Role and Functions of the Supernatural in the African Epic." Her article in The Journal of Black Studies, "The Supernatural in the African Epic: Toward a Critical Analysis" argues the failure of Western literary criticism to acknowledge the distinctiveness of African literary aesthetics and the need to revise traditional literary canons to reflect the social, cultural and historical specificity of Africa and its peoples. Dr. Deme's research interests include reformulating traditional literary canons where literature, culture and society intersect, as well as Black women's collective thought as a critical theory that reflects their efforts to fight against, intersecting oppressions of race, class, gender. Her particular interest in comparative literature and cultural studies focuses on the impact of the oral tradition on African, African-American, and Caribbean literatures and cinemas. Dr. Deme previously taught in both the Ethnic and Africana Studies programs at Bowling Green State University before coming to Western Michigan University.