Professor of Comparative Literature and Caribbean Studies
Affiliation: Fellow, Victoria College
Office: Bader Theatre, Room 318
Professor James’s research focuses on Spanish Caribbean literature and visual culture and Afro-Hispanic cultural production. He has published widely on Afro-Cuban writing of the late 20th century and has also written on contemporary Dominican fiction. He is author of Filial Crisis and Erotic Politics in Black Cuban Writing: Daughters Sons and Lovers (Tamesis 2019). His other major publications include Writing the Afro-Hispanic: Essays on Africa and Africans in the Spanish Caribbean (2012) and The Cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean (2000). Professor James’ current research involves a project on Cultural Transactions in Cuban Literature and Visual Culture and another on The Transnational Geographies of 21st Century Caribbean Narratives.
Before moving to the University of Toronto, Professor James taught at the University of Houston. Prior to Houston he taught at the University of Durham and the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He has also held visiting positions at the University of Maryland and the University of California, Santa Cruz.