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Joyce Pettis is an associate professor in the English Department at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in African American literature. She is the author of Toward Wholeness in Paule Marshall's Fiction and is currently working on a study of celebration and festivity in African American and Black Caribbean fiction. The following are representative of articles she has published: "Reading Ann Petry's The Narrows into Black Literary Tradition," Recovered Writers/Recovered Texts, Ed. Dolan Hubbard, University of Tennessee Press, 1997; "The Marrow of Tradition: Charles Chesnutt's Novel of the South," North Carolina Literary Review ; "She Sung Back in Return": Literary (Re)vision and Transformation in Gayl Jones's Corregidora." Additionally, she serves on the editorial board of North Carolina Literary Review, is a former associate editor of Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review, and evaluates manuscripts on African American literature for several university presses.


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