University of Mississippi

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University. Research interests include: theories of aesthetics and politics, genre and narrative theory as well as postcolonial studies and theories of World, comparative, and transnational approaches to literature. Dr. Armillas teaches courses on World Literature, postcolonial studies, and genre (including: magical realism, the short story).


  • Ph.D., New York University (Comparative Literature, 2012)
  • M.A., New York University (Comparative Literature, 2007)
  • B.A., The George Washington University (English and Creative Writing, 2005)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Anglophone and Francophone African literature
  • Latin American literature and culture
  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • World literature and translation studies

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

  • “The Dictator and his Objects: The Status of the Fetish in the African Dictator-Novel.” Oppositional Arts: Unmasking the African Dictator. Ed. Gichingiri Ndigirigi. Tennessee Studies in Literature. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P. (Fall 2014)
  • “The Unfaithful Chronicler: On Writing about the Dictator in Henri Lopès’s Le Pleurer-rire.” Oppositional Arts: Unmasking the African Dictator. Ed. Gichingiri Ndigirigi. Tennessee Studies in Literature. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P. pp. 186-209. (Fall 2014)
  • Guest Editor (and Introduction). The Global South 7.2. “Dislocations.” (Summer 2014)
  • “Beyond Metaphor: Juana Manuela Gorriti and Discourses of the Nation Under Juan Manuel de Rosas.” Latin American Literary Review 82.42 (June-December 2013)
  • Book Review: In the Name of the Mother: Reflections on Writers and Empire and Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing by Ngugi wa Thiong’o. e-misférica 11.1: “The Decolonial Gesture” (Summer 2014)
  • Book Review: The Nation Writ Small: African Fictions and Feminisms 1958-1988 by Susan Z. Andrade. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 33.1 (2013): 125-126



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Derrick A. Harriell

Derrick Harriell was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He’s worked as assistant poetry editor for Third World Press and The Cream City Review and has taught community writing workshops for individuals of all ages, including senior citizens. A two-time Pushcart Nominee, Harriell’s poems have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Cotton (Aquarius Press-Willow Books 2010) is his first collection of poems.
Ph.D. in English, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (2012)
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Chicago State University
Stripper in Wonderland, (2017)
Cotton, (2010)
Ropes, (2013) Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2014 Poetry Award Winner
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Derrick Harriell, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies

Chiyuma Elliott, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies

Assessment Forms





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THE FORTIETH JAMES EDWIN SAVAGE LECTURE IN THE RENAISSANCE: “Eco vs. Ego in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Robert N. Watson, Professor of English, UCLA

Robert N. Watson received his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale in 1975 and his Ph.D. with Highest Honors from Stanford in 1979, then spent six years as a professor at Harvard before coming to UCLA in 1986, where he has served as Chair of the Department of English and Chair of the Faculty of the UCLA College of Letters and Science, and is now Associate Vice-Provost for Educational Innovation.

The lecture will be held on April 3, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Bondurant Auditorium.

Tom Franklin Novel Selected for 2012 UM Common Reading Experience

“Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” by Edgar Award-winning author Tom Franklin, has been selected for the 2012 Common Reading Experience at the University of Mississippi.

Ann Fisher-Wirth’s Fourth Book of Poems, Dream Cabinet, Published by Wings Press

Ann Fisher-Wirth’s fourth book of poems, Dream Cabinet, has just been published by Wings Press.  Of the book, Claudia Emerson writes: “Ann Fisher-Wirth finds in ‘all of creation sudden music,’ the subjects in Dream Cabinet ranging from the BP oil spill to the ‘hidden seeds’ of intimate memory. She reminds us that the earth’s uncertain passage is inextricable from our own as she deftly interweaves the political with the personal—crafting again and again ‘the made thing out of the sheltering darkness.'”  Dream Cabinet is available from Wings Press
On May 1, Square Books will host a signing and reading; everyone is warmly invited.

Poet and Environmentalist Sandra Steingraber to Speak on Campus

Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health.  Her books include Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, and Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Era of Environmental Crisis.  She has received many honors, has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada, and has been invited to lecture at many universities, medical schools, and hospitals—including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and the Woods Hole Research Center.  She has testified in the European Parliament, before the President’s Cancer Panel, and has participated in briefings to Congress and before United Nations delegates in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sandra Steingraber will speak on campus at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, in the Overby Center.

Traci Brimhall Selected as 2012 Summer Poet in Residence

Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (forthcoming from W.W. Norton), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery(Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She was the 2008-09 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and currently teaches at Western Michigan University, where she is a doctoral associate and King/Chávez/Parks Fellow.