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Laura Murphy

Ph.D. in African American Studies, with a primary field in English

Class of 2008

Laura Murphy is Assistant Professor of global literatures in the Department of English at Loyola University New Orleans and the Director of the Modern Slavery Research Project there. Her first book, entitled Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature (Ohio University Press, 2012), examines the representational strategies that West African authors have utilized to explore transgenerational memories of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.  Her book of narratives of human trafficking titled Survivors of Slavery: Modern Day Slave Narratives will be published by Columbia University Press in the Spring of 2013.  She has published articles on the literature of Amos Tutuola, Ayi Kwei Armah, and Ama Ata Aidoo in Research in African Literatures, Studies in the Novel, and The Journal of the African Literature Association.  She also has an article forthcoming in Genre on the depiction of modern day slavery in the HBO television series, The Wire.