Prof. Evelyn O'Callaghan


Prof. Evelyn O'Callaghan
Title: Professor of West Indian Literature
Department: LLL
Discipline: Literature
Additional Titles: Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Education
Qualifications: BA (UCC), MLitt (Oxford), PhD (UWI)
Contact: Room: A14
Tel.: (246) 417-4399
Fax: (246) 424-0634
Biography: Evelyn O’Callaghan was educated in Jamaica and received her BA from University College, Cork in Ireland.
She read for an MLitt in English on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, and returned to Jamaica as a junior lecturer in the English Department at UWI, Mona. She transferred to the Cave Hill campus in 1983 where she is currently Professor of West Indian Literature in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature. She is one of the editors of the Journal of West Indian Literature, and serves on the advisory committees of several scholarly journals, including Callaoo, Postcolonial Text, Ariel, PoCo Pages, Caribbean Quarterly and The Caribbean Writer. She has served as Head of Department and as Deputy Dean, and held fellowships and visiting lectureships at the University of Hull, Barnard College, La Trobe University, University of Puerto Rico and Liege University in Belgium.
Research: West Indian literature (particularly early narratives and fiction by women); women's writing and feminist theory; visual and scribal representations of nineteenth and early twentieth century West Indian landscapes; constructions of sexuality in contemporary women’s prose fiction; contemporary West Indian ‘diaspora’ literature; narratives of indentured servitude; the creole language continuum in Caribbean literature and culture.



Professor O’Callaghan has published on West Indian Literature, particularly on women's writing, early Caribbean narratives and more recently, ecocritical readings of Caribbean landscapes in visual and scribal texts. Her books include: Woman Version: Theoretical Approaches to West Indian Fiction by Women, The Earliest Patriots [Historical fiction], Women Writing in the West Indies 1804-1939: A Hot Place, Belonging to Us and editions of  early Caribbean novels by Frieda Cassin and Elma Napier. She serves on as a reader for several academic publishers and recently co-edited an interdisciplinary collection of essays on Caribbean Irish Connections: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (UWI Press, 2015). She is currently co-editing a collection of essays and other "altered states" in Caribbean writing.

Other publications include:

  • "Eco-criticism and Elma Napier's Literary Sense of Place," Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Eds. J. Dillon Brown and Leah Reade Rosenberg (University of Mississippi Press, 2015): 113-126.
  • “Play it back a next way”: Teaching Brodber Teaching Us.” Small Axe 39 (December 2012):59-71
  • Ed. (with Alison Donnell and Denise deCaires Narain). Journal of West Indian Literature 19,2 (April 2011). "Shani Mootoo: Writing, Difference and the Caribbean."  
  • "Early Colonial Narratives of the West Indies: Lady Nugent, Eliza Fenwick, Matthew Lewis and Frieda Cassin." Routledge Companion to Caribbean Literature. Ed. Michael A. Bucknor and Alison Donnell (Routledge, 2011): 149-156.
  • "Caribbean Migrations: Negotiating Borders." Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean. Ed Faith Smith (Virginia University Press, 2011): 125-135.
  • Naipaul’s Legacy: Made in the West Indies - for Export.” Created in the West Indies: Caribbean Perspectives on V.S. Naipaul. Eds. Jennifer Rahim and Barbara Lalla.(Ian Randle: 2010). 20-34.
  • “You’ll find no fingerposts to point you to our place’: Mapping the Literary and Critical Terrain.” Journal of West Indian Literature 18, 22 (April 2010): 20-31.
  • “The Unhomely Moment: Frieda Cassin’s Nineteenth Century Antiguan Novel and the Construction of the White Creole.” Small Axe 29 (July 2009): 95-106.

  • “Form, Genre and the Thematics of Community in Caribbean Women’s Writing.” Shibboleths: A Journal of Comparative Theory 2, 2 (June 2008) 107- 115.'Callaghan,Evelyn.pdf

  •  “A Hot Place, Belonging to Us’: the West Indies in Nineteenth Century Travel Writing by Women.” Landscape and Empire, 1770-2000. Ed Glenn Hooper. Ashgate: 2005. 93-108.

  • “Views and Visions: Layered Landscapes in West Indian Migrant Narratives.” Third World Quarterly 26, 3 (2005). 487-495.

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