Professor of French Studies

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • African and Caribbean Literatures in French
  • Applications of semantics to problems specific to African languages and literatures
  • Semantics of irony in African literary discourse
  • Women authors of the African diaspora
  • Post-colonial literary theory and African feminism
  • Disability studies
  • Authors such as Ousmane Sembène, Ahmadou Kourouma, Calixthe Beyala and Maryse Condé.

CURRENT PROJECT

“Representations of Women’s Orality in the Works of Aminata Sow Fall, Assia Djebar and Calixthe Beyala” (SSHRC Standard Research Grant).

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

Shaken Wisdom: Irony and Meaning in Postcolonial African Fiction (University of Virginia Press, 2011).

La parole poétique d’Aimé Césaire (L’Harmattan, 1992).

Articles and book chapters

«La femme et la mémoire-colère: le déséquilibre féminin  comme forme mémorielle dans     trois romans caribéens», Diasporiques: mémoire, diasporas et formes du roman francophone contemporain, sous la direction de Tara Collington et François Paré, Ottawa : Éditions David, 2013. 333-349.

“Simone Schwarz-Bart and Marie-Célie Agnant as « interprètes » of Caribbean Orality”, in Francophone Cultures and Geographies of Identity, H. Adlai Murdoch and Zsuzsanna

Fagyal, eds., Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press,  2013. 260-274.

« L’oralité transposée des femmes africianes : ‘The Headstrong Historian’ de Chimamanda Adiche, in Traditions orales postcoloniales, sous la direction de Luc Fotsing et Moustapha Fall, Paris : L’Harmattan, 2014. 41-50.

Robert Miller and Gloria Onyeoziri, “Willful and/or Imposed Alienation in Recent African Emigration Narratives: Fatou Diome’s Ventre de l’Atlantique, Henri Lopes’ Une Enfant de Poto-Poto and Chimamanda Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck,” in Fears, Doubts and Joys of Not Belonging, B. Fishkin, A. Ankumah & B. Ndi, eds. Mankan, Bamenda, Cameroon: Langaa Research and Publishing, 2014. 197-214.

“Gisèle Pineau et l’oralité mondialisée”, Nouvelles Études Francophones 27.2 (2012) 17-29.

“The Filmmaker-narrator as a Reflection of/on Postcolonial African Cinema: Henri Lopes’s Le lys et le flamboyant (1997) and Assia Djebar’s La femme sans sépulture”, International Journal of Francophone Studies, 14.3 (2011), 381-96.

« In the Face of the Daughter: Feminist Perspectives on Métissage as a Gendered Concept in the Works of Maryse Condé » in Emerging Perspectives on Maryse Condé, a Writer of Her Own, S. Barbour & G. Herndon, eds. (Africa World Press/Sea Press) [in press].

“Henri Lopes and the Postcolonial Riddle of Métis Identity”, International Journal of Francophone Studies, 6.1 (2003) 43-52.

“Revisiting the “Roman de la Désillusion”: A Semiotic and Cultural Reading of Ousmane Sembène’s Xala,” in Francophone Post-Colonial Studies, K. Sahli, ed. (Lexington Books, 2003).

Winter 2017

FREN220 Introduction to Early French Literature and to Textual Analysis Sections

Students will familiarize themselves with techniques of literary analysis, as applied to representative works from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, including theatre, fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program.

Winter 2017

FREN221 Introduction to Modern Literature written in French and to Textual Analysis Sections

Students will familiarize themselves with techniques of literary analysis, as applied to representative works from the 18th century to the present, including theatre, fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program.

Winter 2017

FREN420F Selected Topics in French Literature and Culture - TPCS FREN LIT Sections

Course content will vary. May be taken up to 3 times, with different content, for a maximum of 9 credits.

Winter 2017

FREN495R Research Seminar in French - RESEARCH SEMINAR Sections

Research on critical topics related to selected literary works. Limited enrolment: required of honours, but open to majors students in French.

Winter 2017

FREN418K Studies in African and/or Caribbean Literatures of French Expression - AFRC/CARRIBN LIT Sections

An introduction to representative works. Topics include Negritude, the evolution of post-colonial literature, and the socio-historical context of each work.

Winter 2017

FREN521D Studies in the Literature of the French-Speaking World - LIT FR-SPKG WRLD Sections