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Toni Pressley-Sanon

Toni Pressley-Sanon

Toni Pressley-Sanon

B.A. Hamilton College, Comparative Literature.

M.A. New School for Social Research, Liberal Studies and Anthropology.

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, African Languages and Literature.

Toni’s fields of specialization include contemporary West African and Caribbean cultural production, trauma and memory studies, black speculative fiction/science fiction, African and Caribbean film studies.

She takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of collective trauma, memory, and memorialization vis-a-vis the transatlantic slave trade in Africa and the African diaspora through the lenses of the natural environment and cultural production. Her research areas are primarily West Africa and the Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean.

She is the recipient of several fellowships for her dissertation research on memory of the trans-Atlantic slave-trade and slavery in Benin Republic and Haiti. She just finished a year as a postdoctoral fellow in the Africana Research Center at Pennsylvania State University.

Toni is the author of "Imagining the Unimaginable: Visual Art and Memory in Ouidah, Benin Republic" in Africa e Mediterraneo: Cultura e Societa. She currently has several journal articles under review and several in progress. She has also begun work on her manuscript about the memory of slavery and post-revolution horrors in Haiti.

Published Work

  • "Imagining the Unimaginable: Visual Art and Memory in Ouidah, Benin Republic" Africa e Mediterraneo: Cultura e Societa. Vol. 67, No. 1(2009): 34-38.
  • "Ghetto Biennale, Louko and Me: Reflections on a Revolution" Africana Research Center Newsletter, PSU, Spring 2010.

Works in Review

  • (2009) "Plight of the Zonbi: Trauma, Forgetting and Rememory in Benin Republic and Haiti"
  • (2009) "Home, Exile, and the Power of the Pen: A Comparative Analysis of Bessie Head’s Truths and Myriam Warner-Vieyra’s Fictions"
  • (2010) "Bloodline/Bloodlust: Octavia Butler’s Fledgling and a Rethinking of the Vagina Dentata Concept"
  • (2010) "Exile, Return, Ouidah and Haiti: Vodun’s Workings on the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié"
  • (2010) "Acting Out: Performing Memory of the Slave Trade in Ouidah, Benin Republic"
  • (2010) "The Metaphysical Crisis of Haiti"

Works in Progress

  • (2009) "No Mangroves to Cross: The Making of Haiti's Ecological Crisis in History and
    Literature"
  • (2010) "Challenging the Tourist Gaze in Laurent Cantet’s Heading South"
  • (2010) "Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories as a Transgressive Reimagining"
  • (2010) Review of Nairobi Heat by Mukoma wa Ngugi
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