Professor Nicole Aljoe Publishes First Book in Series

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Assistant Professor Nicole N. Aljoe has just published Creole Testimonies: Slave Narratives from the British West Indies, 1709-1838. The volume is the first in a new series, “The New Urban Atlantic,” from Palgrave Macmillan. Creole Testimonies analyses the relationships among the socio-historical contexts, generic forms, and rhetorical strategies of British West Indian slave narratives. It breaks new ground by reading these dictated and fragmentary narratives on their own terms as examples of “creole testimony.” Professor Aljoe, who has been at Northeastern since 2004, researches and teaches in the areas of pre-20th century African diaspora literature, narratives of slavery, Caribbean literature, postcolonial literature, and the 18th-century British novel. Her article “‘Going to Law’: Legal Discourse and Testimony in Early West Indian Slave Narratives” appeared this summer in the journal Early American Literature.