Anglophone African Literatures, Postcolonial Literature, African American Literature, Ecocriticism
Member of research project: "Literatures of Change: Culture and Politics in Southern Africa" (2019-2021)
Her published work includes:
“Challenging Developmentalist Narratives: Helon Habila’s Oil on Water as a Representation of the Extractivist Exploitation in the Niger Delta Region.” In Robert Ficociello and Robert Bell, eds., Eco Culture: Disaster, Narrative, Discourse. Lexington Books, 2018.
“Making The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo: An Interview with Yaba Badoe.” ARIEL 49.2-3 (2018): 257-269.
"Challenging moral corruption in the postcolony: Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born and Hannah Arendt’s notion of individual responsibility." Postcolonial Studies 20.2 (2017).
"Totalitarian politics and individual responsibility: Revising Hannah Arendt’s inner dialogue through the notion of confession in J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians." South African Journal of Philosophy 36.2 (2017): 223-238.
“Revising Postcolonial Trauma: Multidirectional Identifications in Ayi Kwei Armah’s Fragments and Nuruddin Farah’s Maps.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 51.3 (2015): 283-295.
“Witnessing Contemporary Somalia from Abroad: An Interview with Nuruddin Farah.” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters 35.2 (Spring 2012): 330-340.
”Re-envisioning the Haunting Past: Kara Walker’s Art and the Re-appropriation of the Visual Codes of the Antebellum South.” Contemporary Cinema and the Visual Arts. Ed. David Gallagher. London: Anthem Press, 2012. 153-162.
“‘A dynamic of blaming and counterblaming’: J. M. Coetzee’s Analysis of Self-deception in South African Resistance Literature.” Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought 1.1 (2011): 124-142.
“Home, Homelessness and the Wayward Subject in the Novels of James Joyce and Claude McKay.” (Co-authored with Justin Parks.) Phenomenology, Modernism, and Beyond. Ed. Carole Bourne-Taylor and Ariane Mildenberg. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang, 2010. 249-72.
“Challenging Psychoanalysis: A Black Woman’s Experience of ‘Race,’ Class and Gender in Alice Walker’s Meridian.” Close Encounters of An Other Kind: New Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity & American Studies. Ed. Roy Goldblatt, Jopi Nyman and John A Stotesbury. Joensuu: University of Joensuu Studies in Literature and Culture, 2005. 85-94.
“Alice Walkerin Possessing the Secret of Joy –romaani transnationaalisen feminismin edustajana.” (“The Representation of Transnational Feminism in Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy.”) Vieraaseen kotiin. Ed. Pirjo Ahokas and Lotta Kähkönen. Turku: U of Turku P, 2003. 61-81.
Minna Johanna Niemi is associate professor (førsteamanuensis) in the English literature section. She received her PhD in English from the University at Buffalo in 2011. She recently completed an Academy of Finland-sponsored postdoctoral research grant at the University of Turku, Finland. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial literary studies, Anglophone African literary studies, trauma studies, and ethics. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript on the topic of complicity and responsibility in contemporary African literature. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, the South African Journal of Philosophy, and ARIEL.