Cajetan Iheka’s research and teaching focus on African and Caribbean literatures and film, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, and world literature. His current book project examines the representations of the environment in African literature and the implications of said depictions for the questions of resistance and agency in African literary criticism and postcolonial studies in general. Cajetan also serves as a film review editor for African Studies Review, the journal of the African Studies Association and welcomes reviews of recent African films.
Naturalizing Africa: Ecological Violence, Agency, and Postcolonial Resistance in African Literature (under contract with Cambridge University Press).
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
"Rethinking Postcolonial Resistance in Niger-Delta Literature: An Ecocritical Reading of Okpewho’s Tides and Ojaide’s The Activist.” The Postcolonial World. Eds. Jyotsna Singh and David Kim. London and New York: Routledge, 2016. 425-38.
“Colo-mentality: Colonial Trauma in Oyono’s Houseboy and Condé’s Crossing the Mangrove.” Research in African Literatures 45.4 (2014): 33-49. Winner of the African Literature Association Best Article Award for the most outstanding article in African literary studies
"Conflicts in Africa and the Use of Child Soldiers: A Human Rights Analysis.” Human Rights: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Eds. Michael U. Mbanaso and Chima J. Korieh. Glassboro: Goldine & Jacobs Publishing, 2014. 95-113.
“Nollywood and the Nigerian Dream: The Example of Teco Benson’s Formidable Force.” The Global South 7.1 (2013): 122-136.