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Kerry Manzo

Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature

Kerry Manzo,  Visiting Assistant Professor in the Literature Department at SUNY Purchase, received his PhD from Texas Tech University in 2019. His dissertation, titled “’When We See It, We Shall Be Happy’: The Mbari Movement, Queer Emergence, and Counterpublics in the Production of West African Literature” , considers the material influence of the Mbari movement—a 1960s transnational counterpublic that promoted and connected artists and writers of the Black Atlantic—on trends in African publishing.

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The project also considers the afterlife of Mbari in Nigerian queer counterpublics and argues that such discourses must be understood in relation to both indigenous sexual traditions and the implanted heterosexual public. More broadly, the project argues for a framework for reading trends in African literature outside the rubrics of the anthropological or the sociological. Kerry’s paper, “Making the Invisible Visible: The Consequences of Privilege Salience in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children” is published at the South Asian Review.