Tubman welcomes exchange student: Antonia Purk

Purk PhotoThe Tubman Institute warmly welcomes visiting exchange student, Antonia Purk. Purk is at the Tubman Institute and York University to further explore her research on Jamaica Kincaid. In particular, Purk is interested in the intersection of literature and history – especially against the traumatic history of colonialism and slavery in the Caribbean. While at the Tubman Institute, Purk hopes to take the opportunity to discuss and explore her theses with Tubman scholars who come to the topic of slavery from historians’ perspectives.

Purk’s current project is on Jamaica Kincaid’s Historiopoiesis. It is part of a larger research project in collaboration with Professor Ilka Saal. Purk’s project seeks to exam contemporary fictional productions of a third literary generation writing on slavery and colonialism as forms of historiography producing fresh versions thereof that are able to accomodate current needs. .

Purk is currently a doctoral student in American literature at the University of Erfurt, Germany. She completed her master’s degree in American literature and comparative literature at the University of Erfurt. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, memory studies, Anglophone Caribbean literature, narrative production of subjects, literature and history.

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