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Marika Preziuso

Marika Preziuso
Associate Professor
Tower 507

Marika Preziuso is Associate Professor of World Literature at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the Caribbean Diaspora and an M.A. in Gender, Society and Culture, both from the University of London, UK. Prior to discovering her calling as a teacher, Marika studied for and worked as a translator. She brings to her teaching the sensitivity of a translator of cultures, by designing classes that examine dynamics of cultural differences and create space for cross-cultural understanding. Her published research and teaching focus on contemporary Western imaginaries of ‘otherness’ and how the works of diasporic artists and creative writers (Wangechi Mutu, Doris Salcedo, Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat, among others) critique and expand such imaginaries. At MassArt, Marika teaches postcolonial and comparative literature, literature and visual arts from the African diaspora, and speculative fiction that tackles social justice issues. Her instructional approach emphasizes the cultural and social analysis of literary and visual texts across cultures.

Marika is the organizer of Creative Counterpoints series, which began at MassArt in Spring 2016. The series, which features symposia, art exhibitions, performances and artist talks, examines the intersections of creativity and difference. Creative Counterpoints features MassArt faculty, students and alumni, as well as artists, educators and public intellectuals, such as Brain Pickings founder Maria Popova. 

In 2014, Marika co-edited the collection of essays Migrant Identities of Creole Cosmopolitans, with Dr. Nirmala Menon of the India Institute of Technology (IIT). Published by Peter Lang, this collection offers numerous perspectives on the condition of the displaced migrant in light of the colonial legacies and the often problematic framework of cultural hybridity. 

2009 - PhD, English, Birkbeck College, University of London; 2002 - MA, Gender, Society, and Culture, Birkbeck College, University of London; 2001 - Graduate Certificate, Literary Translation, Università La Sapienza, Rome
Professional Experience: 

Book-length Publication

Chapters in Edited Collections and Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals 

  • 2016 - "A Subtlety by Kara Walker: Making Vulnerable Art," The Journal of International Women’s Studies, Summer
  • 2012 - P. Noxolo and M. Preziuso, "Moving Matter: Language in Caribbean Literature as Translation between Dynamic Forms of Matter," Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 14:1
  • 2011 - "Negotiating Unity with Freedom: Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies," Sargasso: Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture. 2010- 2011, I & II
  • 2011 - "Liberating Border and Sensual Veils: Edwidge Danticat’s Poetics of Haiti’s ‘Vulnerability,’ Academica Press," Latin American Studies: Critiques of Contemporary Cinema, Literatures, Politics and Revolution, edited by David Gallagher, UK 2011 
  • 2011 - "Literary Authorship and the Diasporic Imagination: Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in Alison Donnell and Michael Bucknor (eds.)," The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, London, UK, June
  • 2010 - "Mapping the Lived–Imagined Caribbean: Postcolonial Geographies in the Literature of the ‘Diasporic’ Caribbean," Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 31 Issue 2, April 2010 
  • 2010 - "Do I belong here? Images of Belonging and Cultural Hybridity in Erna Brodber’s Myal, Velma Pollard’s Homestretch and Caryl Phillips’s" Cambridge Journal of Caribbean Literatures, vol. IV, 
  • 2010 - "Llevando el Velo y Cruzando la Frontera: Geografías Imaginarias" en The Farming of Bones por Edwidge Danticat, Hipertexto, University of Texas-Pan American, no.12, Summer 2010

Published Interviews 

  • 2011 - Conversation avec Maryse Condé: ‘Race et identité culturelle aux Antilles.’ Sargasso: Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture 2010-11, Special Issue
  • 2010 - Interview with Achy Obejas,SX Salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform, November 3, 2010 
  • 2001 - Interview with bell hooks (in English and Italian), Leggere Donna, Luciana Tufani eds. Italy. #90, 2001


  • 2011-2014 - Member of the Committee for the Visual Arts and Film Initiatives, Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)
  • 2009-2014 - Member of the Student Mentorship Committee, Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)
  • 2007-2009 - Research Students’ Representative, Research School, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
  • 2012 – present - Member of the American Teachers Association (ATA)
  • 2011-2014 - Member of the American Translators Association (ATA)


  • 2014 - MassArt Foundation Fellowship, Project Transnational Feminism as Artistic and Pedagogic Practice 
  • 2011- Emilia Galla Struppa Fellowship, Research in South Atlantic Studies, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Virginia 
  • 2003 - Research Grant, University of London Central Fund, Research at the University of Havana, Cuba and to the University of the Antilles and Guyana (UAG), Martinique 
  • 2002-2006 - Graduate Scholarship, University of London Research School 
  • 2001-2002 - Università di Salerno Grant, MA in Gender and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London 
  • 1997-1998 - Erasmus Scholarship (EU Exchange Program), University of Kent at Canterbury, UK 


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