David Alvarez

Department of English

Language and Literature

242 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3581

David Alvarez

ENG 203 World Literature
ENG 215 Foundations of Literary Study: Genre
ENG 303 Studies in World Literature
ENG 495 Language and Literature (Capstone)
ENG 616 World Literature in English

Research Interests
Contemporary cross-Mediterranean migrations in literature, photography, and film
Contemporary South African literature in English
Colonialism and Postcoloniality in Gibraltar

Recent Publications
"Unstable Vessels: Small Boats As Emblems of Deaths Foretold and As Harbingers of Better Futures in Figurations Of Irregular Migration Across The Strait of Gibraltar." Chapter in Lynda Mannik, ed. Migration by Boat: Discourses of Trauma, Exclusion, and Survival. New York: Berghahn Books, 2016.

David Alvarez and Salah D. Hassan, Eds. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. Special issue on “Baleful Postcoloniality” 36.1 (2013) Invited.  

Contributed introduction: “Representing Baleful Specters and Uncanny Repetitions: Life Writing and Imperialism’s Afterlives.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 36.1 (2013): 10-26.

Contributed article: “Recording Daily Life in the Margins of History and of the Nation: Rachid Nini’s Diary of a Clandestine Migrant.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. 36.1 (2013): 148-179.

"Glimpses of Morocco in the Midwest: the Work of Yto Barrada at Chicago's Renaissance Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Photography." (2012) Available here

"Teaching Moroccan Literature of Migration. Chapter in Teaching Literature from Today's Middle East. Ed. Allen Webb. New York: Routledge, 2011.

"Dulcie Longs for the Comfort of the Quotidian: The Place of Everyday Life in Zoe Wicomb's David's Story." Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa. 23.2 (2011): 127-36.

"'Dis poem vex bout apartheid': Representations of South Africa in West Indian Poetry." The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, July, 44 (2009): 107-122.

B.A., Polytechnic of Central London
M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas

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