Kerry Manzo is a third year doctoral student in the Comparative Literature, Globalization, and Translation program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
She received a Harry Ransom Center dissertation fellowship, generously supported by the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation and The University of Texas at Austin Office of Graduate Studies, for her dissertation, “Authenticity and African Literature.”
Tell us about your research:
My research looks at past and emerging trends in literature and publishing in West and East Africa, specifically at how demands or desires for something called “authentic” African literature have impacted and continue to impact African literature and publishing. The work I am doing at the Ransom Center is for my dissertation chapter on West African writers’ collectives and affiliations of the mid-twentieth century.
Which collections at the Ransom Center are most relevant to your research?
Outside of your primary research interest, are there other collection items at the Ransom Center that you hope to see?
Can you share a particularly exciting moment of discovery while working in other research libraries or special collections?
This will be my first experience working in special collections. I hope there will be many exciting moments of discovery to share in later years.
Beyond researching, what is top of your must-see/do list while in Austin?
I enjoy the food scene in Austin, so while I am there, I look forward to eating at Uchi and Qui. I would also enjoy doing some hiking or biking at nearby state parks.