Pirjo Ahokas is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Turku, Finland. She started her academic career by focussing on Jewish American fiction, and is the author of Forging a New Self , a monograph on Bernard Malamud's novels, and co-editor (with Martine Chard-Hutchinson) of Reclaiming Memory: American Representations of the Holocaust . Pirjo Ahokas's subsequent research deals with works by women authors of Chinese, African American and Native American descent. More recently, she has concentrated on new writing by Black British women authors an compared their works with those by contemporary American ethnic women authors. All the authors on whose work she has published are either first- or second-generation immigrants.