Cassava Westerns: Black Revisions of the American Frontier Myth
Duke Endowment Fellowship, 2017–18
Her book, Africa in Stereo: Music, Modernism and Pan-African Solidarity (Oxford), won the African Literature Association’s First Book Prize, as well as honorable mentions from the American Comparative Literature Association and Society for Ethnomusicology. The book traces how exchanges between African American, Ghanaian, Senegalese and South African artists shaped cultural and political liberation projects. She is now at work on two new projects: Cassava Westerns is a study of how global Black writers and artists reimagine the American frontier myth to serve new, local purposes. The second, Classic Black is a study of poetry set to music by black concert music composers.
Jaji, originally from Zimbabwe, is also a poet. Her collection Beating the Graves (2017) was published through the African Poetry Book Fund with University of Nebraska Press and her chapbook Carnaval (2014) appears in New Generation African Poets box set. Her poems have appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, Prairie Schooner, Bitter Oleander, Illuminations, Madison Review, ElevenEleven, etc. and she has read at the Poetry Foundation, Library of Congress, and United Nations, among others.
- Jaji, Tsitsi Ella. “Within Earshot of Africa—Meditations on The Sound of Culture (Forthcoming).” Small Axe 22, no. 1 (2018).
- Jaji, Tsitsi Ella, and Lily Saint, eds. Genre in Africa. Special issue of Cambridge Journal of Post-Colonial Literary Inquiry 4, no. 2 (2017).
- Jaji, Tsitsi Ella, and Lily Saint. “Introduction: Genre in Africa.” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 4, no. 2 (2017): 151–58.
- Jaji, Tsitsi Ella. Beating the Graves. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017.
- Jaji, Tsitsi Ella. “Classic Black.” In A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism, edited by Eric Hayot and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, 59–74. Modernist Latitudes. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.
- Jaji, Tsitsi Ella. “Cassava Westerns: Ways of Watching Abderrahmane Sissako.” Black Camera 6, no. 1 (2014): 154–77.
- Jaji, Tsitsi Ella. Africa in Stereo: Music, Modernism and Pan-African Solidarity. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014.