Rachel J. Campbell

Rachel J. Campbell

Spring 2019 expected graduation PAS Program

rjcampbe@syr.edu

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Rachel Campbell graduated Cum Laude from The College at Brockport, SUNY with a B.A. in English and African & African-American Studies. She studied abroad at the University of Ghana and, as a scholar in the Ronald McNair Summer Research Program, analyzed black South African literature of the apartheid era at Oxford University. These experiences grounded her interest in intersections between literature and political phenomena.

Rachel’s M.A. thesis explores official, personal, and fictional narratives about the first socialist revolution in the English-speaking Caribbean; the first assassination case of a sitting head of state in the Anglophone Caribbean; and the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to be invaded by the United States. It explores how stories crafted by Americans and Grenadians have framed these Cold War developments. Novels, poetry, plays, comic books, oral histories, and political speeches are among the sources the thesis explores to shed light on the varied ways that narratives interpret and construct the social relationships and political realities of the Grenadian Revolution and its aftermath.