MaryEllen (Ellie) Higgins 

Associate Professor of English

 
Office:
Penn State University
Greater Allegheny

Main 213
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132

Telephone: 412-675-9461
Email: mxh68@psu.edu

 

EDUCATION:

Ph. D., Comparative Literature, The University of Texas at Austin.


BOOKS:

 

The Western in the Global South, co-edited volume with Rita Keresztesi. London and New York: Under contract with Routledge.

Hollywood's Africa After 1994. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2012.

Historical Dictionary of French Cinema. Book co-authored with Dayna Oscherwitz. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007. Published in paperback as The A to Z of French Cinema, 2009.


JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS:

"Hollywood’s Cowboy Humanitarians in Black Hawk Down and Tears of the Sun." In Hollywood's Africa After 1994. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2012.

"From Negritude to Migritude? Moussa Sene Absa’s Ainsi meurent les anges." African Literature Today 28, 2010.

 

"Ngambika and Grassroots Fiction: Amma Darko’s The Housemaid and Faceless." Invited essay in Broadening the Horizon: Critical Introductions to Amma Darko, ed. Vincent Odamtten. Oxfordshire, UK: Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2007.

 "Writing Haiti from New York: Local and Cosmopolitan Resistance in Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory." In African Literatures at the Millennium, ed. Arthur Drayton, Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, and Peter Ukpokodu. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2007.


"Transnational, Transcultural Feminisms?
Amma Darko's Response in Beyond the Horizon." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 25.2, 2006.

"Creating an Alternative Library: Amma Darko Interviewed by Ellie Higgins." Journal of Commonwealth Literature 39.2, 2004.

"Urban Apprenticeships and Senegalese Narratives of Development." Research in African Literatures. 33.3, 2002.

CURRENT PROJECT:

African Cinema and Human Rights (monograph)

COURSES TAUGHT:

Masterworks of African Literature

Mapping Identity, Difference, and Place

Human Rights and World Literature

Nobel Prize Literature

International Cultures: Literature and Film

Literature and Empire

Women Writers and Their Worlds

 

RECENT SERVICE ACTIVITIES:

Editorial Board, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

Executive Council, African Literature Association

Review Editor, Resources for American Literary Study

Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Penn State Greater Allegheny

Executive Committee, Teaching International, Penn State Greater Allegheny

Program Committee, Silk Screen Film Festival

TRAVEL:

Austria, Barbados, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan,

Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Venezuela, Vietnam

 

 

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