Contact and Office Hours
Current Courses (spring 2013)
EN 111 World Literature 11:20-12:50pm M/W
EN 229 Comparative Literature 1:00-2:30pm T/R
EN 314 Postcolonial literature 11:20-12:50pm T/R
Academic, Teaching, and Personal Interests
My research interests include Francophone African literature, cultural theory, postcolonial literature, and migrant identities in a globalized world. My Ph.D. in comparative literature focused on the emerging trends in postcolonial Sub-Saharan African literature from 1990 to 2000. I have taught a wide range of material including French language and literature, cinema, essay writing, and cultural studies. In 2008, I co-translated Ama Ata Aidoo’s novel Changes to French. Some of my other publications include a collection of interviews with contemporary African novelists and an upcoming book analyzing Congolese writer Emmanuel Dongola’s Johnny Mad Dog that explores the figure of the child soldier in postcolonial Africa. In my spare time, I’m an avid photographer who reads more detective novels than I should and enjoys watching all sorts of movies.
Selected Presentations and Publications
Johnny Chien Méchant d’Emmanuel Dongala. Coll. Le Cippe. Genève: Infolio éditions, forthcoming (Jan. 2013).
Afrique. Parole d’écrivains. Montréal: Mémoire d’encrier, 2010.
“Le ‘polar’ en Afrique australe anglophone : la question des clivages identitaires.” Contemporary African Novel (2000-2010).Special Issue of Revue de Littérature Comparée 4(Dec. 2011): 475-96.
Ata Aido, Ama. Désordre amoureux. Trans. Eloise Brezault and Catherine Tymen. Genève: Editions Zoe, 2008.
Awards, Honors, and Service
Northeast Modern Languages Association Fellowship, 2011
State scholarship recipient, Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), 2000-2003
Assistant editor for the academic review Nouvelle Études Francophones (NEF), 2011 – present.