This collection contains research notes, class organization, syllabi, readings, and drafts of publications and manuscripts related to the career of Professor Gay Wilentz. Topics include diaspora cultures, healing narratives, multicultural awareness, African and Caribbean literature, and gender roles and identity.
Gay Wilentz's work in Sierra Leone while serving in the U.S. Peace Corps inspired her to earn a Ph.D. in African, African-American, and Caribbean Literature at the University of Texas in 1986. She taught at Bo Teachers College in Sierra Leone, Anson Technical College, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Belize, The University of Nigeria, and East Carolina University. After joining ECU in 1988, she served as Associate Professor of English, Director of Ethnic Studies, Co-Coordinator of the Multicultural Literature Concentration in the Department of English, and as the faculty adviser for the minority publication "Expressions." She was involved in numerous external organizations including the Frank Porter Graham Demonstration Farm and Educational Center, Women in Development, and the North Carolina Women Writers Conference. She published two books, "Binding Cultures: Black Women Writers in Africa" and the "Diaspora and Healing Narratives: Women Writers Curing Cultural Disease" and many scholarly articles and edited numerous anthologies. She received many awards including East Carolina University's Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. Wilentz passed away in 2004 from Adams-Oliver Syndrome.
This collection contains research notes, class organization, syllabi, readings, and drafts of publications and manuscripts related to the career of East Carolina University Professor Gay Wilentz. Topics include diaspora cultures, healing narratives, multicultural awareness, African and Caribbean literature, and gender roles and identity.
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