Immaculate Kizza specializes in African literature, the slave narrative tradition, British modernism, and literary analysis; she also teaches African culture and literature in the University's Brock Scholars Program. Her current research interests include the slave narrative tradition, the African oral tradition, and inter-textual threads in African and African American literatures. In addition to numerous articles on literature, she is the author of Africa's Indigenous Institutions in Nation Building: Uganda, and The Oral Tradition of the Baganda of Uganda. Among her awards are a NEH Summer Seminar, a Fulbright-Hayes, and a Horace J. Traylor Minority Leadership Award. She has also been named Outstanding Teacher by The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association.
Research and Creative Interests: African and African American women writers' literary tradition Africana Womanism
The African Oral tradition, Inter textual threads in African and African American Literature, The African American Slave Narrative, Traditional British Modernism
Teaching Interests: African Literature, African American Literature: slave narratives, British Modernism
Teaching Approach: I delight in having a class of actively involved participants so formal essays and "conferences" during which we present our research are a staple in my classes, and so are group discussions and inclass assignments, and since my students are technological natives, they often do a good job getting our attention with audio visuals. My role is to guide my travelers across various "landscapes" to discover/establish their links with fellow humans out there!
Why did you become an English professor? According to Samuel Johnson, "we are all prompted by the same motives, all deceived by the same fallacies, all animated by hope, obstructed by danger, entangled by desire, and seduced by pleasure" as can be discerned from the works we explore in my classes. I love humanity!!
Why teach? African Literature a great context for academic dialogue, debate, and questionanswer sessions about a continent of diverse peoples and experiences, which is often unfamiliar to my students. Africana Womanism: how do those Feminist ideologies influence African and African American women writers? British Modernism as a product of the Empire where the sun was never supposed to set, and as a woman, I derive pleasure in sharing those experiences with my students and "burying Victoria"
What do you expect of students? I want them to be active participants who do their reading carefully and timely, think independently, share and defend their opinions logically, and acknowledge and respect differing views and opinions without necessarily compromising their own. I want them to emerge from the course as "independent thinker[s], unafraid to settle unsettled opinion" (C. Eric Lincoln)
Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation? Grandmothering, aerobics and cooking