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Tzarina Prater

Associate Professor, English and Media Studies
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2009
M.A., Rutgers University, 2001
B.S., University of Southern Maine, 1998
A.S., Bay State College, 1987
Office: Adamian Academic Center 075 | 781.891._3103 | tprater@bentley.edu
                       


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Awards and Honors

2013 Falcon Awards, Bentley University

Publications

Journal Article(s)
Prater, T. T. (2015). "'Look Pon Likkle Chiney Gal': Tessanne Chin, The Voice, and Digital Caribbean Subjects". Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, 12 (1), Article 11, 24 pp. (link)

Prater, T. (2014). "Labrish and Mooncakes: The Meeting of Vernaculars in the Work of Easton Lee". Small Axe: a Caribbean Platform for Criticism, 18:1 (43), pp. 149-160.

Prater, T. (2014). "'We are Jamaicans. We are Brothers': History, Brotherhood, and Independence in Kerry Young's Pao". Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, 11 (2). (link)

Prater, T. (2013). "Forgetting to Remember: The Performance of Memory and History in John O. Killens' The Cotillion: or One Good Bull is Half the Herd". Journal of African American Studies.

Prater, T. (2012). "Transgender, Memory, and Colonial History in Patricia Powell's The Pagoda". Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism, 37.

Book Chapters
Fung, C, Prater, T. (2015). “ ‘How does it not know what it is?’: The Techno-Asian Body in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Larissa Lai’s Automaton Biographies.". In David Roh, Betsy Huang, Greta Niu (Eds.), Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction , History, and Media. Rutgers University Press (link)

Prater, T. (2012). "'Him favor mad. Him favor prophet': Reimagining the Sacred in Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven". Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys Through the African Diaspora. Albany: . State University of New York

Book Reviews
Prater, T. T. (2016). [Review of the book Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora]. MELUS Multi Ethnic Literature of the United States.

Prater, T. (2012). [Review of the book Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica]. Melus.

Prater, T. (2012). [Review of the book The Difficulties of Independence: Chinese Jamaican Identity in Kerry Young's Pao]. Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform for Criticism.

Prater, T. (2010). [Review of the book 'Papa had to die to set us free' - Book Review The Fullness of Everything]. SX Salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform. (link)

Conference Presentations

Prater, T. (2019). "Decolonizing Race, Gender and Social Movements." Presented at the York University's Decolonization, Performance and Social Movements in the Caribbean and Canada 1968-1988, Toronto, Canada.

Prater, T. (2019). "Nang by Nang (2018): A Conversation with Richard Fung." Presented at the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey's Nang by Nang (2018): A Conversation with Richard Fung, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Prater, T. T. (2018). "'Always Together': A Digital Diasporic Elegy." Presented at the Barnard College, Columbia University, and the University of West Indies, St. Augustine's The Caribbean Digital, Trinidad and Tobago.

Prater, T. T. (2018). "The Children of Dragons and Shopkeepers: National and Genealogical (Un)Certainty." Presented at the University of Miami's West Indian Literatures Conference, Miami, Florida.

Prater, T. T. (2018). "Grief and Mourning in the Poetry of Hannah Lowe, Ann-Margaret Lim, and Staceyann Chin." Presented at the Association of Asian American Studies, San Francisco, California.

Prater, T. T. (2017). ""We mek do, mek do: Race, Gender, Nation, and Digital Platform"." Presented at the University of Wellington's Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, Wellington, New Zealand.

Prater, T. T. (2017). ""Hostility and Love in the Poetic Topographies of Hannah Lowe and Ann-Margaret Lim"." Presented at the University of West Indies's West Indian Literatures Conference, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Prater, T. T. (2016). "Multimedia Melting Pots." Presented at the Columbia University and Barnard College's Caribbean Digital, New York, New York.

Prater, T. T. (2016). "Negotiating National Identity in a Digital Diaspora." Presented at the University of West Indies - Mona's West Indian Literatures Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Prater, T. T. (2016). "Chinese Jamaican Identity and Digital Diaspora: Negotiating YouTube and Nation." Presented at the Association for Asian American Studies's Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Miami, Florida.

Prater, T. (2016). Presented at the Lick-Wilmerding High School's "Get in Formation: Understanding The Politics of Beyoncé's Performance", San Francisco, CA.

Prater, T. T. (2015). "" 'Look Pon Likkle Chiney Gal':Tessanne Chin and Digital Caribbean Subjects"." Presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association's Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Prater, T. T. (2014). "'Look Pon Likkle Chiney Gal': Tessanne Chin, The Voice, and Globalized Caribbean Identities." Presented at the Columbia and Barnard Universities's The Caribbean Digital, New York.

Prater, T. T. (2014). "The Voice, Globalized Caribbean Identities and Nationalisms." Presented at the University of Shanghai's Global Studies Conference, Shanghai, China.

Prater, T. T. (2014). "'Chinita Goodaz': Tessanne Chin, The Voice and the Popularization of Chinese Jamaican Identity." Presented at the University of Hong Kong's Fashion in Fiction Conference, Hong Kong.

Prater, T. (2013). "“Mapping Jamaican Identity on YouTube: Digital Diaspora and the Case of ‘Hakka Chinese Jamaican’”." Presented at the University of West Indies's 32nd Annual West Indian Literatures Conference, College of the Bahamas .

Aslinger, B. S., Prater, T. (2013). ""YouTube C’yan Done": Networked Jamaican Reggae, Performance, and Genre." Presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music's International Association for the Study of Popular Music biannual conference, Gijon, Spain.

Aslinger, B. S., Prater, T. (2013). "Networked Jamaican Reggae: Recording, Performance and Race in a Transnational Music Industry." Presented at the International Communication Association's International Communication Association, London, UK.

Prater, T. T. (2013). "“Techno-Orientalism in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner“." Presented at the Inter-Disciplinary.net's Global Monstrosities Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

Prater, T. T. (2013). "“‘Uncle law was in force’: Chinese Masculinity and Jamaican Nationalism in Kerry Young’s Pao”." Presented at the Association of Asian American Studies's Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Seattle, WA.

Fung, C., Prater, T. (2013). "“The Techno-Asian Body in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Larissa Lai’s Automaton Biographies”." Presented at the Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA)'s Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Prater, T. T. (2012). ""'We are Jamaicans. We are brothers": The Language of Brotherhood and Independence in Kerry Young's Pao"." Presented at the University of Miami's 31st Annual West Indian Literature Conference, Miami, FL.

Prater, T. T. (2012). ""Labrish and Mooncakes: The Meeting of Vernaculars in the work of Easton Lee"." Presented at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Washington, D.C..

Prater, T. T. (2012). ""Pidgin and Patois: the Meeting of Vernacular Traditions in the Work of Easton Lee"." Presented at the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey's Eastern American Studies Association Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

R4G: Retire that Bladerunner, A New Lesbian Life Awaits You (2016) - In addition to being commissioned to write a piece for the Smithsonian, part of my participation with the “CTRL+ALT” Culture Lab involved performing Margaret Rhee's poem for attendees.

Service

Department Service
Committee Chair for Search Committee - Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, 2019 - Present
Committee Member for Curriculum Committee, 2016 - Present
Committee Member for Research Committee, 2016 - Present
Coordinator of the English Major, 2016
Committee Member for EMS Subcommittee, 2011 - Present
Committee Member for Literature and Film Committee, 2011 - Present
Mentor (Faculty) for Val Wang, 2019 - 2019
Committee Chair for Search Committee Communications Hire, 2017 - 2018
Committee Member for Search Committee for Digital Media Scholar, 2013 - 2014

University Service
Committee Member for Faculty and Staff of Color, 2011 - Present
Committee Member for LGBT Committee, 2011 - Present
Special Institutional Assignment for Ad Hoc group to generate parameters for "Creative Capstones" for the Honors Program, 2019 - 2020
Committee Member for Ad Hoc committee to Commemorate the work of Toni Morrison, 2019 - 2019
Committee Member for Diversity Designator Committee, 2016 - 2018
Guest Speaker for Faculty and Staff of Color - 2012
Guest Speaker for LGBT Committee Faculty Lecture Series - 2012
Guest Speaker for Faculty and Staff of Color - 2012

Professional Service
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of West Indian Literatures, 2017 - Present
Reviewer, Journal Article for Atlantic Studies, 2016 - Present
Committee Member for International Conference on Narrative 2014, 2013 - 2014