Myriam J. A. Chancy

Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities

Department: Humanities
Office Address: Balch 307
Office Phone: (909) 607-3536
Personal Website:
Myriam Chancy

Academic History

Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Iowa, 1994. Dissertation: “In Search of Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile” M.A. in English Literature, Dalhousie University, Canada, 1990. Thesis: “James Baldwin and the Dissolution of the Color Line” B.A., with honors (Four-Year Advanced) in English Literature, Minor of Arts in Philosophy, University of Manitoba, Canada, 1989.

Areas of Expertise

African Diaspora with specialization in: Caribbean Women's Literature (with specialization in Anglophone Caribbean and Haitian women's literature); Caribbean Literature 20th C. to Present; African American Lit. (Harlem Renaissance to Present). Theory: Postcolonial; Transnational/Feminist Theory; Creative Writing (Fiction).

Personal Interests

Photography; film; pottery; food culture

Selected Research and Publications

Books From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic (Academic) Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2012. The Loneliness of Angels (A Novel) Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 2010. The Scorpion’s Claw (A Novel) Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 2005. Spirit of Haiti. (A Novel) London, England: Mango Press, 2003. Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997. Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1997. Edited Volumes Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism [Indiana UP & Smith College], Vol. 3, no. 2, 2003; Vol. 4, no. 1 & 2, 2004; Vol. 5, no. 1, 2005 [Acquisitions, Vol. 5, no. 2, 2005] Recent & Forthcoming Essays: “On the Edge of Silence: l’(in)-imaginable and Gendered Representations of the Rwandan Genocide from Photography to Raoul Peck’s Sometimes in April.” In Raoul Peck: Power, Politics, and the Political Imagination. Eds. Pressley-Sanon & Saint-Just. Lanham: Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming. "Subjectivity in Motion: Caribbean Women’s (Dis)Articulations of Being from Fanon/Capécia to the Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole in Many Lands." Hypatia. In-Press, 2014/15. “Cultural Impasse and Structural Change: How to Address Questions of Gender Equity for Haitian Women Across Societal Strata.” Grahn, Haiti Perspectives: Thematic Notebook, Vol. 2, No. 3//Condition of Haitian Women, 2013. “’Harvesting’ Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Zora Neale Hurston’s Literary (Dis)Articulation of Being,” In Dialogues Across Diasporas. Eds. Marion Rohrleitner et al. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013. “A Marshall Plan for a Haiti at Peace: To Continue or End the Legacy of the Revolution.” In Haiti and the Americas. Eds. Calargé, Dalleo et al. University Press of Mississippi, 2013. “Floating Islands: Spectatorship and the Body Politic in the Traveling Subjectivities of John Edgar Wideman & Edwidge Danticat," Small Axe 36 (November 2011) “Desecrated Bodies/Phantom Limbs: Post-Traumatic Reconstructions of Corporeality in Haiti/Rwanda,” Atlantic Studies 8:1 (Routledge), (March 2011): 109-123. Recent Creative Writing “Douze” (Excerpt from novel-in-progress), Massachusetts Review, March 2015. “Surrender” (excerpt from LOA) in Haiti Noir 2: The Classics. Ed. Edwidge Danticat. NY; Akashic Books, 2014.

Awards and Honors

2014 John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (Literary Criticism). Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award 2010, Best Book of Fiction, for The Loneliness of Angels (Peepal Tree Press, 2010), awarded by the Government of Guyana/University of Guyana Prize Trustees. The Loneliness of Angels -- Longlisted for 1st Bocas Prize in Caribbean Literature, Trinidad/Tobago, March 2011 (Shortlisted in Fiction category) Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, English Graduate Student Association (EGSA), LSU, May 1, 2009. Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement (Meridians), Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ), 2004. Shortlisted, Commonwealth Prize, Best First Book Category (Spirit of Haiti), Canada/Caribbean Region, 2004. Camargo Foundation Fellowship, Cassis, France, Fall 2001. Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chàvez, Rosa Parks, Visiting Professorship, University of Michigan, December 6, 2000. Outstanding Academic Book Award (OAB), 1997-1998, for Searching For Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (Temple UP, 1997), from Choice, February 1999, American Library Association. Mentor Appreciation Award, Preparing Future Faculty Program, Arizona State University, Main Campus, July 1999.


Myriam J. A. Chancy is a Guggenheim Fellow and HBA Chair of the Humanities at Scripps College. Her academic publications include: From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions from Haiti, Cuba & The Dominican Republic (WUP 2012), Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (Rutgers 1997), and Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (Temple 1997; Choice OAB Award, 1998). Her novels include: The Loneliness of Angels (Peepal Tree 2010; 2011 Guyana Prize in Literature Caribbean Award, Best Fiction 2010), and Spirit of Haiti (Mango 2003; shortlisted, Best First Book Category, Canada/Caribbean region, Commonwealth Prize 2004). A recent editorial advisory board member of PMLA (2010-12) and of the Fetzer Institute (2011-13), she currently sits on the advisory board of Voices For Our America (VOA) housed at Vanderbilt University. A frequently invited guest speaker nationally and internationally, delivering talks and creative readings on the subject of Caribbean, Haitian and social justice issues, she has served as an expert panelist and reviewer for the NEH, the Prince Claus Fund, and continues to serve as an expert reviewer for numerous professional journals, university presses and tenure/promotion reviews nationally.