Convenors and Steering Group

Dr Jennifer Terry

Jennifer Terry's work is situated at the intersections of such fields as American hemispheric, U.S. and postcolonial studies, with a particular focus on black diaspora literature and culture.Jennifer Terry's monograph

Her research on the novels of Toni Morrison appears in various edited collections and journals. Her book 'Shuttles in the Rocking Loom': Mapping the Black Diaspora in African American and Caribbean Fiction was published by Liverpool University Press in 2013. It asks how the diaspora has imagined itself and its history in spatial terms, examining the work done by symbolic sites, journeys and counter-geographies to articulate variegated politics of community, identity and cross-cultural relation. Drawing on the theories of Paul Gilroy and Édouard Glissant, it explores a range of Anglo- and Francophone texts by African American, Caribbean and Black British novelists. Terry has held fellowships at the Huntington Library, the Eccles Centre for North American Studies at the British Library, the Durham Institute of Advanced Study, the John F. Kennedy Institute for American Studies at the Free University of Berlin, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her current research project examines visions of futurity in contemporary African American fiction and visual art.

Terry mainly teaches U.S. and black diaspora literature, and has supervised research on American, African, African American, British and contemporary women's writing.