Faculty and Staff: Literatures in English

Prof. Jane Bryce (Retired September 2016)


Prof. Jane Bryce (Retired September 2016)
Title: Professor of African Literature and Cinema
Department: LLL
Discipline: Literature
Qualifications: BA (Oxford), MA (Essex), PhD (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife)
Contact: Room: A23
Tel.: (246) 417-4413
Fax: (246) 424-0634
E-mail: jane.bryce@cavehill.uwi.edu
Teaching Areas: African Literature; African Film; African Narrative in Film and Text; Creative Writing; Women, Fiction, Gender; Postcolonial Cinema.
Biography: Jane Bryce was born in Tanzania, and educated there, the UK and Nigeria. She has been a freelance journalist and fiction editor and has published in a range of creative and academic journals and essay collections. She is author of a collection of short stories, Chameleon (2007) and editor of Caribbean Dispatches: Beyond the Tourist Dream (2006). She founded and co-directed the Barbados Festival of African and Caribbean Film and curates the Africa World Documentary Film Festival at Cave Hill. She is editor of Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing and runs the Poui Project for Creative Writing.
Research: Research interests include popular cultural forms (popular fiction, Nollywood); contemporary Caribbean and African women’s writing; African and Caribbean cinemas; ‘new’ writing from Africa (formal experimentation, linguistic inventiveness, etc); colonial and postcolonial memoir and life-writing; visual culture (painting, plastic arts, film installation, etc); the politics of cultural forms.
  • ‘Outside the machine? Donor values and the case of film in Tanzania.’ Viewing African cinema in the 21st Century: Art Films and the Nollywood Video Revolution. Eds, Mahir Saul and Ralph A. Austen. Ohio U Press, 2010. 160-177.
  • ‘Myself as a Puff of Dust: a Ghost Story’, in EXIT: Endings and New Beginnings in Literature and Life, ed Stefan Helgesson. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011. 289-300.
  • ‘Riffing on Omeros: The Relevance of Isaac Julien to Cultural Politics in the Caribbean.’ Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 32, 2010. Ed. David Scott. 88-96.
  • ‘Abdulkadir Ahmed Said: On the Frontline of African Cinema,’ Black Camera: An International Film Journal, Vol 1, No.2, Winter 2010. Ed. Michael Martin. 7-13
  • 'Poems of penitence and pilgrimage': review of Journey to Le Repentir by Mark McWatt. Small Axe Salon - a small axe literary platform: http://www.smallaxe.net/sxsalon November 2010.
  • ‘Bits and pieces I picked up and pocketed.’ Chimurenga 15: The Curriculum is Everything, ed Ntone Edjiabe, Cape Town, May 2010. 83 – 92.
Additional Information:

Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2009, during which time it had developed from being simply a journal to being a nexus for creative writing activities at Cave Hill.  Out of this grew, in 2010, the Poui Project for Creative Writing, the umbrella for live Poui Readings showcasing visiting and local writers; and Poui Workshops and Writers’ Masterclasses led so far by novelists Marie-Elena John and Oonya Kempadoo. The Poui Project is the dynamo driving creative writing on campus and has established itself as a brand in the public consciousness, attracting enthusiastic audiences and workshop participants.

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