Department of English

Dr. Francine L. Allen

Assistant Professor of English


In addition to teaching Composition and World Literature, Francine Allen has taught Twentieth-Century American Literature, African Literature, Literature of the African Diaspora, and African-American Literature. Other courses she has taught include Journalism and Business Writing. In her dissertation, “Reclaiming the Human Self: Redemptive Suffering and Spiritual Service in the Fiction of James Baldwin,” she focuses on literary artist and social commentator James Baldwin and the ways in which Baldwin’s fiction highlights the frequently destructive nature of social narratives in the lives of society’s marginalized groups and the power of redemptive suffering as a countermeasure to this destruction.  Her current area of research and scholarship is the study of contemporary world literature as a means for understanding issues of globalization and practical theology.  She has given presentations at CLA conventions, at the University of London, and the Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature.  She is currently at work on a book about Octavia Butler’s novel Wild Seed (1980).

Dr. Allen’s webpage is:

Ph.D. in English, Georgia State University

M.A. in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A. in English and Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Area of Expertise
Contemporary American Literature

Selected Publication
"No Longer an Outsider: The Biblical Underpinnings of James Baldwin's Call for Human Equality." Xavier Review, Fall 2009

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