Department of English

Dr. Michael Janis

Dr. Michael Janis
Associate Professor of English


Michael Janis teaches Literary Theory, West African Fiction and Film, Perspectives on the Americas, World Literature, and Composition.  His research interests include African fiction and film, postcolonial theory, literature and philosophy, feminism, Latin American fiction, and Caribbean fiction.  He has served as chair of the World Literature Committee since 2005.  Founder and adviser of the Morehouse African Film Society, as well as a committee member of the W.E.B. Du Bois International House and of the Africa Awareness Week committee, Janis works at promoting an interest in international education on campus.

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, State University of New York, Stony Brook

B.A. in English and Philosophy, Emory University

Selected Publications

Africa after Modernism: Transitions in Literature, Media, and Philosophy.  New York and London: Routledge Press, 2008.

“In the United States of Africa:  Afrofuturistic Pasts and Afropolitan Futures.”  Journal of African Cinemas 5.1 (2013):  33-54.

“Obama, Africa, and the Post-Racial.”  CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 11.2 (2009). <>

“Remembering Sembène:  The Grandfather of West African Feminism.”  CLA Journal LI, 3 (2008): 248-64.

“Africa and Avant-Garde Anthropology: The Psychoanalysis of Exoticism.” Cahiers d’études africaines.  Paris: École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales 183 (2006): 567-596. <>

“Negritude, Mestizaje, Africana Philosophy:  Zapata Olivella and Multiculturalist Pan-Africanism.”  Présence Africaine: Revue culturelle du monde noir/Cultural Review of the Black World 171 (2005):  69-79.

“Signatures of Africa in Alejo Carpentier’s America.”  Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and Its Diaspora 6.2.  Medgar Evers College (CUNY), Caribbean Diaspora Press (2003): 125-68.

“Cultural Identity in the Era of Multiculturalism and Multimedia.” Globalization and Marginality: Paradoxes of Global and Local Forces.  Eds. Olufemi Vaughan, Marcheta Wright, and Charles Small.  Ibadan, Nigeria: Sefer Press, 2005. 236-77.

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