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Professor Ibrahim Wins a Prize for Best Essay of the Year

Submitted by Brian Reed on January 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

Professor Habiba Ibrahim's article "Any Other Age: Vampires and Oceanic Lifespans" has received the Darwin T. Turner Award from African American Review, a prize given annually for the best essay representing any period in African American or pan-African literature and culture.

"Any Other Age" discusses two novels about vampires--Octavia Butler’s Fledgling (2005) and Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories (1991)--that interrupt the usual flow of time in a story to explore what it might mean to "live history" otherwise than according to the official "liberal humanist" narratives about the past, present, and future that Western nation-states use to justify their hold on power.