College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of English

Georgene Bess Montgomery

Clark Atlanta University
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Georgene Bess Montgomery is an Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Clark Atlanta University. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from Georgia Southern University and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland.  An initiated priestess of Shango, she is the author of The Spirit and the Word:  A Theory of Spirituality in Africana Literary Criticism, which utilizes a method informed by the ideas and worldview of Ifa, an ancient African spiritual system, to unlock deeper levels of meaning in the writings of African peoples.  The former president of National Council for Black Studies, Bess Montgomery continues to serve as Chair of the Student Committee which includes the Terry Kershaw Student Essay Contest, the Ankh Maat Wedju Honor Society, and the Dr. Tsehloane C. Keto Student Leadership Development and Mentorship Program.

Bess Montgomery has published and spoken extensively on a variety of subjects but also continues to publish scholarly essays that employ the Ifa Paradigm as a lens through which she analyzes Africana literary texts. Some of her publications are “Spiritual Eroticism and Real Good Loving in Tina McElroy Ansa’s The Hand I Fan With.” April, 2019; “Learning and Knowing Mari Evans.” The Pierian Literary Journal. 2017-2018. pp. 53-63; Healing in the Name of Spirit: Conjuring Women in Maryse Conde’s I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem.”; Zoe: Journal of Social Transformation. Vo1. 2. 2018: 62-74.; “Reading Black Through the Looking Glass:  Decoding the Encoding in African Diasporic Women’s Literature.” African American Studies. Ed. Jeanette Davidson. 2018; Healing the Bruised and Mothering the Motherless:  The “Ájé in Elizabeth Nunez’ Bruised HibiscusAfricology: Journal of Pan African StudiesAfricology: Journal of Pan African Studies. vol. 10, no. 8, September 2017, pp. 11-24.

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