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Welcome to Abioseh Michael Porter's home page. First, some information about myself: I was born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa. After completing a B.A. degree in French and English, I did a post-graduate Diploma in Education at Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone. I then taught high school for close to one year before proceeding to Canada where I earned a Ph.D in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. My academic awards include the following: Department of Modern Languages Award for "Most Distinguished Final Year Student" (University of Sierra Leone), Dissertation and Postdoctoral fellowships (University of Alberta), "Society for the Humanities" Fellowship (Cornell University), a summer postdoctoral fellowship (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), "The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching" (Drexel University), Nominations for the Carnegie "Professor of the Year" Award, and being named in the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" Directory.
Home now is in Philadelphia but, before coming to Drexel University, where I am an associate professor of Humanities, I taught at the University of Alberta and Grambling State University, Louisiana. I have also either studied or done research in Togo, Cameroon, Britain, and France, and have traveled extensively in North America, Britain, and France. I have published articles and reviews in journals and books such as Research in African Literatures, International Fiction Review, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, World Literature Written in English, Design and Intent in African Literatures, Snares Without End, Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta and so on, while my areas of specialization include the African Novel in French and English and Comparative Black (especially African-African American) Literary Relations. You may get some more details about my professional life if you look at my curriculum vitae.
What I would encourage you to do is to focus more on the provided links that will enable you to connect quite easily to sites with which I have professional or cultural ties. You will have links to sites dealing with, among other things, African Studies--including the mother of all African Studies websites, African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the African Literature Association, and the African Studies Association--African American Studies, Caribbean Studies, some of my favorite writers and sites of world literature: Shakespeare, Toni Morrison (see Toni Morrison Links), Chinua Achebe, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Buchi Emecheta, Wole Soyinka, The Dickens Page, and some French and francophone authors in French-Related World-Wide Web Links. For some truly good stuff on Postcolonial literatures, check the Emory University Postcolonial Studies Page. Viewers or readers (especially students) who may be interested in graduate work or professional studies in Comparative Literature can look up theComparative Literature Programs Elsewhere in the Web links while those who are interested especially in English may look at English and Humanities Departments On-Line. A real gem of on-line reference materials (literary and otherwise) can be found at On-Line Reference Works. The much-maligned but, for me, extremely important government agency, the NEH, has a website at National Endowment for the Humanities. For news, weather, travel, web resources, and general information on the Caribbean, or to see where you can buy African or Caribbean books, check my cultural links section. For news from and about Africa, look at African News. You may also get some more information in The Universal Black Pages. By the way, three of my all-time places to visit are: The Louvre, The British Museum, and The Smithsonian .
But what am I talking about? There is the city of Lights Paris and other such places. Heck, check the
cultural links (especially entertainment) section again; you might be able to
see some other sites to visit.