For Release Upon Receipt - February 14, 2017
Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. February 14, 2017. Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles extends condolences on behalf of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) community to the family and friends of Dr. Giselle Rampaul who passed away on February 9, 2017. Dr. Rampaul taught in the Literatures in English programme, Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies (LCCS) Faculty of Humanities and Education (FHE) at The UWI St. Augustine, since 2003.
“This is very sad”, Vice-Chancellor Beckles stated. “Her sudden passing is a tremendous loss to our institution just as her loved ones. It is with pride and gratitude we recognise that she was bred right here at The UWI and returned to serve until her untimely death. She was a bright, young academic who was undeniably dedicated to her field, doing innovative things and motivating students along the way”. In this sense she represents a model for the type of graduate that our University strives to produce for the Caribbean and the world.
Dr. Rampaul was a leading expert in the region on Caribbean re-readings of Shakespeare. One of the many highlights of her career is having partnered with the British Council and Shakespeare scholars from Barbados, Cuba and Jamaica on related projects. In 2016 she was invited by the Shakespeare’s Globe to present a paper at its international symposium commemorating the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare.
Dr. Rampaul was also instrumental in the founding of the Red Feather Journal - an international journal of children in popular culture - in 2010. She co-edited The Child and the Caribbean Imagination (2012) and Postscripts: Caribbean Perspectives on the British Canon from Shakespeare to Dickens (2014) and has authored numerous journal articles. At the time of her passing she was in the process of completing a monograph on Shakespeare in the Caribbean.
The University also recognises her indelible contribution to Caribbean and other literatures by initiating, producing and editing the podcast series The Spaces between Words: Conversations with Writers which has released interviews with 97 writers and poets to date.
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