Bienvenue! Welcome to the Department of French!

 Renée Larrier

Professor of French

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Office: AB 4177, CAC

Phone: (848) 932-3846



Fields of Research:

B.A., Hofstra University
M.A., Atlanta University
M.Phil, Ph.D., Columbia University

African and Caribbean Literatures, Literature by Women

Books (click on image for details):

tautofiction and advocacy in the francophone caribbeanii



 Larrier Writing through the Visual and Virtual

Other Publications:

"Indian Ethnoscapes in Francophone Literature: Kali Pani Narratives." L'Esprit créateur 50
(summer 2010) Co-edited with Brinda J. Mehta.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters:

“Introduction: Traditions of Literacy” with Ousseina D. Alidou.         Writing Through the

"Visual and Virtual: Inscriptions of Language," Literature, and Culture in Francophone Africa and the Caribbean. Ed. Renée Larrier and Ousseina D. Alidou. Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books, 2015. xi-xxviii.
"Histoire engagée, histoire occultée: Fabienne Kanor's Humus."
Women in French Studies (2011) 103-111.
"The Tradition of Literacy:  Césaire In and Out of the Classroom."  Research in African Literatures 41.1(Spring 2010): 33-45.
“In[her]itance: Legacies and Lifelines in Evelyne Trouillot’s Rosalie L’Infâme.”
Dalhousie French Studies 88 (Fall 2009): 135-45.
“’Sont-ils encore gens de Guadeloupe?’ Departmentalization, Migration, and Family Dynamics.” International Journal of Francophone Studies 11.1&2 (Spring/Summer 2008).
“’Quand la lecture devient passion:’ Romance Novels and Literacy in Abidjan.”
African Literatures at the Millenium (2007) pp. 315-324.
"Migrant ImagiNations: Can[n]ons, Creole[s], and Patrick Chamoiseau's Chemin-d'école." Journal of Caribbean Literatures (2006).
"DuSable, Douglass, and Dessalines: The Haitian Pavilion and the Narrative of History." Ecrire en pays assiégé: Haiti Writing Under Siege/. Ed. Marie-Agnès Sourieau and Kathleen Balutansky (2005). 39-59.
"Borders, Books, and Points de repère." Postcolonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies. Ed. H. Adlai Murdoch and Anne Donaday. (2005). 211-223.
Hommage, image, imaginaire: Constructions of Haiti by Nineteenth Century African Americans.” Présence Africaine (2004): 211-220.
 "Empire's Intimacies: 'Le Quotidien" in (Post)Colonial Fiction and Film." L'Esprit créateur 44.1 (Spring 2004): 96-107.
 "Bibliography of and on Mariama Bâ." Emerging Perspectives on Mariama Bâ: Postcolonialism, Feminism, and Postmodernism. Ed. Ada Azodo. (2003). 441-467.
"'Girl By the Shore:' Gender and Testimony in Edwidge Danticat's the farming of bones. Journal of Haitian Studies (Fall 2001): 50-60.


Graduate Courses:

  • "L'Urgence de dire": 20th and 21st-Century Testimonial Narratives
  • Diasporas and Migrations
  • The Caribbean Novel: Poetics of [Post]national Identity
  • Visions of Empire
  • "Témoignage" and Caribbean Women Writers
  • Gender and Genre in Caribbean Literature
  • Nation and Narration
  • "Femme noire . . . "
  • African Narrative
  • African and Caribbean Women Writers

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Urban Africa
  • Writing Diaspora, Writing Home
  • "The African Child:" Literary Representations, Creative Expressions
  • Creole[s] in the Caribbean
  • Africultures
  • Ousmane Sembene: écrivain et cinéaste
  • ARTchipel: de la culture caribéenne
  • African Literature, Culture, and Society
  • French Women Writers
  • French Novel
  • Décentrer la France

Program Connections:

Center for African Studies 
Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL)

Why French?


Les Rassemblements (1896), Felix Valloton (detail)


Mona Lisa with a Pipe, by Eugène Bataille (Sapeck) (detail)

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