MICHAEL JANIS, PH.D.
- Associate Professor, English
Dr. Michael Janis is an associate professor in the English Department at Morehouse College, teaching classes such as West African Fiction and Film, Literary Theory, Global Modernism, Latin American Fiction and Film, and Immigrant Voices. His research includes: Africana literature and culture, modernism, feminism, postcolonial theory, and continental philosophy.
Since 2003, Michael Janis has taught classes such as West African Fiction and Film, Literary Theory, and World Literature. Founder and adviser of the Africana Film Society, he works at fostering an interest in international education on campus and building bridges between Africa and the Diaspora.
Having worked in Côte d’Ivoire (travelling widely in West Africa), Guatemala, Japan, and Colombia, Professor Janis speaks Spanish and French and often provides advice to students interested in working or studying abroad. In recent years, his classes have been involved in experiential learning and civic-engagement projects with local high schools and with immigrant outreach organizations. Janis served as an editorial board member of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture (Purdue University) from 2014-2020.
Brawley Hall 103G
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and by appointment
Africana literature and culture; modernism; feminism, postcolonial theory, and continental philosophy.
AFRICA AFTER MODERNISM: TRANSITIONS IN LITERATURE, MEDIA, AND PHILOSOPHY
Routledge Press (2008)
“‘THE BET’ AGAINST NIHILISM: THE INTELLECTUAL JOURNEY IN CHEKHOV’S SHORT FICTION.”
Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 23, no. 4 (2021): 477-502.
“MALE FEMINIST ALLIES IN WEST AFRICAN FICTION: W.E.B. DU BOIS AND ETHICAL PEDAGOGY”
Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men 8, no. 1 (2020): 3-28.
“WOMEN’S VOICES IN THE SHORT FICTION OF MACHADO DE ASSIS AND CHESTNUTT: REALISM, ROMANTICISM, AND THE POETICS OF INTERSUBJECTIVITY.”
American Literary Realism 50, no. 3 (2018): 256-74.
“THE UNITED STATES OF AFRICA: AFROFUTURISTIC PASTS AND AFROPOLITAN FUTURES”
Journal of African Cinemas 5, no. 1 (2013): 33-54.
“OBAMA, AFRICAN, AND THE POST-RACIAL.”
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 11, no. 2 (2009).
“REMEMBERING SEMBÈNE: THE GRANDFATHER OF WEST AFRICAN FEMINISM.”
CLA Journal LI, no. 3 (2008): 248-64.
“AFRICA AND AVANT-GARDE ANTHROPOLOGY: THE PSYCHOANALYSIS OF EXOTICISM.”
Cahiers d’études africaines. Paris: École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales 46, no. 183 (2006): 567-596.
“NÉGRITUDE, MESTIZAJE, AFRICANA PHILOSOPHY: ZAPATA OLIVELLA AND MULTICULTURALIST PAN-AFRICANISM.”
Présence africaine: Revue culturelle du monde noir/Cultural Review of the Black World 171 (2005): 69-79.
- MOREHOUSE AFRICANA FILM SOCIETY
Founder/advisor | 2003 – present
- MANGA AFRICAN DANCE
Consultant/volunteer | 2007 – present
- MOREHOUSE DEBATE TEAM
Judge | 2017 – present