Dr. Uchechukwu Umezurike, MA., PHD
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Doctor of Philosophy English, University of Alberta, 2021
Masters English, University of Port Harcourt, 2014
My research covers the following: Literatures of Africa and the African Diaspora / Postcolonial and Global Literatures / Gender and Sexuality Studies / Masculinity Studies / Cultural Studies / Critical Race Theory / Creative Writing. I write poetry, short fiction, children's novels, and love interviewing writers.
“Desiring Home” examines how African Canadian writers and filmmakers negotiate the complexities of home in Canada and how the stories they tell enrich our understandings of and problematize what it means to be a Black Canadian.
"Receptive Subjects" examines how Nigerian novelists redefine what it means to be a man or a woman by articulating new ways of doing masculinity and challenging a culture that discriminates against its citizens based on sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
- Nigeria Prize for Literary Criticism , Nigeria LNG Prizes. 2021
- Provost’ Awards for Indigenous and Black Scholars, University of Calgary. 2021
- Vanier Graduate Scholarship Award, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. 2018