Helen Chukwuma



Professor of English

E-Mail: helen.o.chukwuma@jsums.edu

Phone: 601.979.1479

Office Location: Dollye M.E, Robinson Liberal Arts Building, 4th floor, Office #449



Ph.D., University of Birmingham, English Literature, 1974.

M.A., UCLA, English. 1967

M.A., UCLA, Folklore and Mythology, 1968

UCLA, Post Graduate Certificate in TESL Teaching English as a Second Language, 1968

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, English, English Hons .Upper Division, 1964



  • African literature, oral and written
  • African fiction
  • Feminist theory in literature
  • Contemporary English and American literature
  • African and African-American women authors
  • Women’s studies
  • Indigenous African feminism and meeting points in Black women’s literature



African Literature: Oral and Written

African Oral Literature

Anglophone Literature (with an emphasis on fiction and drama)

Seminar in African Literature (graduate)

Advanced Lab Writing (graduate)

Comparative Literature (graduate and undergraduate)

Contemporary Literature (graduate)

Descriptive Linguistics

English for Academic Purposes

Modern and Contemporary Literature

Women’s Literature

World Literature



Modern Language Association
African Literature Association of America

Women’s Caucus of the African Literature Association (President 2009-2010)
National Council of Teachers of English




Chukwuma Helen and Preselfannie McDaniels eds. Meeting Points in Black/Africana Women’s Literature. Trenton, New Jersey: African World Press, 2016.

Chukwuma, Helen ed. Achebe’s Women: Imagism and Power. Africa World Press, 2012


Articles and Chapters in Books

Chukwuma, Helen. “ Introduction, The Aesthetics of Literature as Liberation”, Meeting Points in Black/Africana Women’s Literature. Africa World Press, 2016. X1-XV1.

______________” Religion and Spirituality in Margaret Walker’s Jubilee,” Meeting Points….173-185’

————————“ Gendered Spaces and Urban landscapes in Toni Morrison’s Jazz and Yvonne Vera’s Without a Name” Meeting Points……201-217.

————————“Preface” Achebe’s Women: Imagism and Power.  X111-X1X.

————————“Love and Motherhood in Chinua Achebe’s Novels”. 89-101

————————“ Epilogue, Fifty Years Hence”  Achebe’s Women…….341-343

————————“Chinua Achebe and the Matrix of Womanhood” Chinua Achebe Tributes and Reflections eds. Nana Ayebia Clarke & James Currey.  Branbury, Oxfordshire  U.K: Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2014 pp128-134

 “Remembering and Honoring Professor Chinua Achebe, 1930-2013”, JALA Journal Of The African Literature Association vol.8, 2 Winter/Spring, 2014. pp. 10-16

. Book Review Essayon Patsy Daniels ed. Constructing the Literary Self: Intersections of Race and Gender in Twenti eth Century Literature. The Researcher.vol.27.1, Spring 2014 pp143-145

 “Efuru”, Masterpieces of African Literature. ed.Ebele Eko. Sunbird Publishing, 2014. pp90-94

 ”Woman at Point Zero”, Masterpieces of African literature.v.1 pp.320-325


 Forward and Introductions to Texts:

“Forward” Kema Chikwe Across Borders: Selected Speeches and Essays.ed. Marie Linton Umeh.Africa World Press, 2016.

“ Forward” A treasury of African Folktales. Ed. Ikeogu Oke. Manilla Publishing Company, 2016.

“ Preface, In the End is the Beginning” The Lake Goddess by Flora Nwapa.  Oguta, Nigeria: Tana Press. 2017.

Review Article, “Pede Hollist, So the Path Does not Die in African Literature Tod ay.No.33, 2015.

“Forward, Ngeri Nwagha, Beyond the Kitchen. 2017.

 Review Article, “Mashingaidze Gomo, A Fine Madness “ {book of poetry}, African Literature Today No. 33, Nov. 2015

“Forward”, Emerging Perspectives on Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo. Eds. Rose Sackeyfior and Blessing Ogamba. 2017. In press.

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