Diana Adesola Mafe is an associate professor of English at Denison University, where she teaches courses in postcolonial, gender, and black studies. Her work tracks the literary and cinematic roles of and for women of color in African and American discourses. Her current research focuses on representations of race and gender in speculative fiction and video games.
Her newest book, Where No Black Woman Has Gone Before: Subversive Portrayals in Speculative Film and TV (University of Texas Press, 2018), focuses on representations of black women in new millennial British and American speculative film and television. Her first book, Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature: Coloring Outside the (Black and White) Lines (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), examines the trope of the “tragic mulatto” from a transnational perspective.
She has also published articles in African American Review, Camera Obscura, The Journal of Popular Culture, Research in African Literatures, American Drama, English Academy Review, Frontiers, Safundi, and African Women Writing Resistance.
Where No Black Woman Has Gone Before: Subversive Portrayals in Speculative Film and TV. University of Texas Press, 2018.
Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature: Coloring Outside the (Black and White) Lines. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
“Race and the First-Person Shooter: Challenging the Video Gamer in Bioshock Infinite.” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 30, no. 2, Sept. 2015, pp. 89–123.
“‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’: Agent 355 as an Original Black Female Hero in Y: The Last Man.” African American Review, vol. 48, no. 1–2, Spring/Summer 2015, pp. 33–48. *AAR Joe Weixlmann Award for the Year’s Best Essay in 20th- and 21st-century African American Literature.
“It’s the Master! (Step in Time): Hearts of Darkness and Postcolonial Paradoxes in Doctor Who.” The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 48, no. 3, June 2015, pp. 443–63.
“Ghostly Girls in the ‘Eerie Bush’: Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl as Postcolonial Female Gothic Fiction.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 43, no. 3, Fall 2012, pp. 21–35.
“(Mis)Imagining Africa in the New Millennium: The Constant Gardener and Blood Diamond.” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 25, no. 3, Jan. 2011, pp. 69–99.
“Knowing Your Place.” African Women Writing Resistance: An Anthology of Contemporary Voices, edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez et al., University of Wisconsin Press, 2010, pp. 281–84.
“A Portrait of the (Tortured) Artist as a Young (Coloured) Man: Reading Arthur Nortje.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, vol. 9, no. 4, Oct. 2008, pp. 427–55.
“Misplaced Bodies: Probing Racial and Gender Signifiers in Ngozi Onwurah’s The Body Beautiful.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, vol. 29, no. 1, Spring 2008, pp. 37–50.
“Self-Made Women in a (Racist) Man’s World: The ‘Tragic’ Lives of Nella Larsen and Bessie Head.” English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies, vol. 25, no. 1, Spring 2008, pp. 66–76.
“Black Women on Broadway: The Duality of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls.” American Drama, vol. 15, no. 2, Summer 2006, pp. 30–47.
“From Ògún to Othello: (Re)Acquainting Yoruba Myth and Shakespeare’s Moor.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 35, no. 3, Fall 2004, pp. 46–61.
Invited Book Reviews
Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction, by andre m. carrington. African American Review, vol. 50, no. 1, Spring 2017, pp. 81–82.
British and African Literature in Transnational Context, by Simon Lewis. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, vol. 14, no. 2, May 2013, pp. 227–29.