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):

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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)