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Kalu Ogbaa, Ph.D.


   Professor of English

    African, African American, and Post-Colonial Literatures

   Office: Engleman Hall D225
   Phone: 203.392.6738




Ph.D., English, University of Texas at Austin, 1981
M.A., Black Studies, Ohio State University, 1977
B.A., English (Hon.), The University of Nigeria, 1973

About Professor Ogbaa

I teach courses at Southern on Africana literary and cultural studies which are intended to add multicultural  balance and a sense of "otherness" to our department's curricular offerings. And my research activity is devoted to the study of African and African American literatures and ethnography.

Recent Courses Taught

ENG 522--Wright, Ellison, and Baldwin
ENG 588--Seminar in Comparative Literature (African Novelists)
ENG 486--Seminar in American Literature (Wright, Ellison, and Baldwin)
LIT 488--Seminar in World Literature (The African Novel)
ENG 217--Introduction to Literature
ENG 112--Writing Arguments

Selected Publications

Carrying My Father’s Torch: A Memoir. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013.

Blood and Bravery: Voices of Biafran Veterans of the Nigeria-Biafra War. Trenton, NJ:
Sungai Books, 2010.

General Ojukwu
: The Legend of Biafra. New York: Triatlantic Books, 2007.
The Nigerian Americans. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.

A Century of Nigerian Literature: A Select Bibliography. Trenton, NJ: Africa
World Press, 2003.

Understanding “Things Fall Apart.” Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
*Winner of Southern Connecticut Faculty Scholar Award, 1999.

. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, 1995. 
*Winner of New York Public Library’s “Books for the Teen Age 1996 Award.”

The Gong and the Flute:  African Literary Development and Celebration
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.
Gods, Oracles and Divination: Folkways in Chinua Achebe’s Novels.  Trenton,
NJ: Africa World Press, 1992.