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MAXINE LAVON MONTGOMERY, 2014-16 Frances Cushing Ervin Professor of English, earned a doctorate in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1986). She specializes in African-American, American Multi-Ethnic, and Women's Literature. Professor Montgomery is currently at work on a book length manuscript on Erzulie, Voudoun goddess of love and beauty, in the fiction of Edwidge Danticat, Gayl Jones, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, and Paule Marshall. Tentatively entitled Mirrored Subjects: Manifestations of Erzulie in Africana Women's Novels, the study not only involves an interrogation of "writerly" reenactments of legend and lore surrounding Erzulie, it suggests the spirit-goddess as a locus for examining vexed issues of color and caste, race and gender in texts by Caribbean and African American women.

Memberships include the Modern Language Association, the College Language Association, the Toni Morrison Society, and the Florida College English Association.

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