Something has happened. I have stopped looking into mirrors. Or perhaps, mirrors have stopped being kind to me. I turned 50 in 2016 but without the fanfare I envisioned when I had celebrated my fortieth birthday. In my blessed 40’s (the new 28’s?), I felt relatively secure in my profession, in my relationship with my […]Read More
Allison E. Paynter, formerly Allison E. Francis, Phd, 2017 is a Full Professor of English and Coordinator of the English Department at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Prior to moving to Hawai’i in 2003, Dr. Paynter taught literature at the American University in Baku, Azerbaijan, and American Studies at the University of Leicester in England. She also is a budding community theatre actor, and a performance poet who has been featured at venues in London, Edinburgh, New York, and Honolulu. Somehow, she still finds time to play on a national tennis league, and take weekend swims in the Pacific Ocean. Allison’s fields of study and publications include topics on Women’s Literature, Victorian Literature, Vodou in Haiti, 19th century African American & Caribbean women’s literature, and representations of the African American body in media culture.