Joyce Hope Scott

Wheelock College Associate Professor of American Studies Joyce Hope ScottAssociate Professor of American Studies
Phone: 617-879-2403
Office: Activiities East 225E

Educational Degrees

B.S., Northeastern University (with High Honors)
M.A. (English), Northeastern University
Ed.D., Boston University

Joyce Hope Scott teaches American popular culture, African-American & Caribbean literature, African American theatre, and an international service learning/travel course to Ghana and Benin.

She has received two Fulbright Lecturing & Research Scholarships in American Studies, a Fulbright-Hayes Award, Wheelock's Gordon Marshall Fellowship and Cynthia Longfellow Excellence in Teaching Award, and an award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Hope Scott is a scholar of the Oxford Round Table (England), and her long-term commitment to internationalization of the American educational experience as well as her general interest in the "multi-voiced narrative" of US history has led her to lecturing and research opportunities across the US and in many countries around the world.

Selected Scholarly Presentations

"To Entangle the Living and the Dead": Ancestral Spirits and Southern Returns in the Novels of African American Women," Paper presented at the Conference of the Southern Association of American Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, February 19, 2011

"Zogbé/Adé: Toni Morrison's Diasporic Modernism and The Spiritual Geographies of Restitution & Atonement in Song of Solomon & Beloved" Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Toni Morrison Society, Paris, France, November 4 - 7, 2010

"Literary Archeology: Using Literature and Artifacts to Teach Critical Thinking," Professional Development Workshop for Public and Private School Teachers of the Bahamas, given at the invitation of the Bahamas Ministry of Education and The College of the Bahamas, February 7 - 9, 2010

"Travel as Subversion in 19th Century Black Women's Narratives," Paper presented at the Oxford Round Table on Women in Literature, Invited Scholar, Oxford, England, March 2010

"Ancient Deities and New Technologies: Reading Spiritual Narratives in West African Popular Music Videos," Paper presented for Wheelock College Center for Research & Scholarship, Brown Bag Series, April 2009

"Goin to 'The City of Bones': Divine Tchamba/Adé & the Africa Spirit-World in Toni Morrison's Novels,"paper given at the 5th Biennial Conference of the Toni Morrison Society, Charleston, S.C., July 2008

"Rituals, Masks And Liminalities: Toni Morrison's Diasporic Modernism" Paper presented at the International Conference of the Collegium on African American Research (CAAR) Madrid, Spain, April 19, 2007

"Tchamba/Adé Operatives in African Diaspora Novels," the International Conference of the Association for the Study of the World-Wide African Diaspora (ASWAD), Bridgetown, Barbados, October 10, 2007

Selected Publications

"Subversive Language and the Carnivalesque in Toni Morrison." The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison. Justine Tally, (Editor) 2007

Camel Tracks: Critical Perspectives on Literatures of the African Sahel, (with Debra Boyd), Africa World Press, 2002

"Using Theatre for Social Intervention to Promote Women's Health in Burkina Faso." in Unraveling Gender, Race & Diaspora, Obioma G. Nnaemeka and Jennifer Thorington Springer Eds. (Forthcoming)

"Alden Bland & the Chicago Renaissance," in The Black Chicago Renaissance. Steven C. Tracy (Ed.) forthcoming from Univ. of Ill. Press

"Official Language and Unofficial Reality...." in The Real Ebonics Debate, Theresa Perry & Lisa Delpit (eds.),Beacon, 1998

"Commercial Deportation as Rite of Passage in Black Women's Novels," in Moving Beyond Boundaries. Carole Boyce Davies (ed.). N YU Press, 1998.

Research Projects and Interests

Translation of several volumes of sacred texts on West African Ancestral Science

Travel as Subversion in Black Women's Novels

African American Women's Novels of the "Great Migration"

African spirituality in African-American novels

Iconographic representations of the black male in popular culture

Travel-study/service-learning and internship programs to West Africa.

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