Faculty Profile


Benedicte Boisseron

Benedicte Boisseron

Associate Professor

Email: benedicte.boisseron@mso.umt.edu
Office: LA 440
Office Hours:

ON SABBATICAL 2015-2016


Current Position

  • Associate Professor of French and Francophone Language and Literature
  • Affiliate Professor, African-American Studies

Courses

  • Advanced Grammar and Composition (FREN 408)
  • Black Women in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French and Francophone Literature (FREN 494)
  • Body and Confinement in French and Francophone Literature (FREN 300)
  • Emotions in World Literature (ENLT 522)
  • French (FREN 101, 102, 201, 202)
  • Narration, Gender, and Identity in French and English Caribbean Literature (ENLT 522)
  • Race and Racism in Francophone Literature (FREN 494)
  • Survey of Twentieth Century French and Francophone Literature (FREN 313)
  • Testimonial Literature (FREN 494)
  • The History of Colonization through Children’s Narratives (FREN 391)

Education

  • Ph.D. in French Literature, Concentration: Francophone Studies, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, U.S.A.
  • Maîtrise in English, Concentration in African-American Literature, Université Paris VII  – Jussieu, France

Field of Study

Francophone and Caribbean Literature and Culture; Postcolonial Studies; African-American Literature; Animal Studies.

Selected Publications

Books

  • “The Francophone World.” Textbook with Focus Publishing, co-authored with Astrid Billat, under contract.
  • "The Creole Renegade: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora." University Press of Florida, 2014. Honored with "The Nicolas Guillen Outstanding Book Award 2015 " of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.
  • “Voix du monde: nouvelles francophones.” Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, co-edited with Frieda Ekotto, 2011.

Articles

  • “After Jacques Derrida (More to Follow): From A-cat-emic to Caliban.“ Yale French Studies, forthcoming.

Publications

  • “Angele Kingue.” In Dictionnaire universel des femmes créatrices, ed. Odile Cazenave, Les Editions des femmes- Antoinette Fouque, Paris, 2012.
  • “Susan Kiguli.” In Dictionnaire universel des femmes créatrices, ed. Odile Cazenave, Les Editions des femmes- Antoinette Fouque, Paris, 2012.
  • “Ferdinand Oyono.” In Dictionary of African Biography, ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Emmanuel Akyeampong, Oxford University Press, New York, 2011.
  • “Intimité: entretien avec Maryse Condé.” The International Journal of Francophone Studies, 2010.
  • “Georges Bataille’s Laughter: A Poetics of Glissement.” French Cultural Studies, 2010.
  • “The Indirect Language of Love: Creole Fragments of a Lover’s Discourse.” The Australian Journal of French Studies, 2010.
  • “La galerie de Dany Laferrière : une poétique de l’espace créole.” Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, 2010.
  • “Opposition métisse : Le marron au féminin dans ‘Rue Monte au ciel’ de Suzanne Dracius.” In “Métissages et marronnages dans l’oeuvre de Suzanne Dracius,” ed. by Yolande Helm, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2009.
  • “Potlatch transnational dans ‘Bleu-blanc-rouge’ d’Alain Mabanckou.” Dalhousie French Studies, 2008.
  • “A Creole Line of Escape: The Story of a Becoming-Dog.” Sites, 2006.
  • “Je est un Autre’: cherchons l’intrus dans l’écriture d’Amélie Nothomb.” Etudes Francophones, 2005.
  • “Pays mêlés, chiens créoles: pour une écriture relais.” Etudes Francophones, 2004.
  • “Jean Genet’s ‘The Blacks’: ‘And Why Does One Laugh at a Negro?’” In “Genet,” ed. by Mairéad Hanrahan, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2004. (with Frieda Ekotto).
  • “Post-Coca et Post-Coïtum: la logique logo chez Jerry Seinfeld et Guillaume Dustan.” L’Esprit Créateur: “L’intermedium Littéraire”, 2003.
  • “Cellules contaminées dans ‘Mon frère’ de Jamaica Kincaid: le sida circule dans la famille.” Tessera, 33/34: “Le sang”, 2003.

Honors

Awards

  • 2015 - The Nicolas Guillen Outstanding Book Award - Caribbean Philosophical Association for The Creole Renegade: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora. University Press of Florida, 2014.
  • 2003 - Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Research Fellowships

  • Summer 2014 - Animals & Society Institute and Animal Studies Program, Wesleyan University. 
  • Summer 2012 - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany; Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
  • 2010–2011 - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany; Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Scholarships and Grants

  • 2013 - Publication Grant, University of Montana
  • 2010 - Intensive German Language Scholarship at Goethe Institute in Berlin, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.
  • 2007 - Summer Grant for Research in Guadeloupe, University of Montana

Teaching Experience

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

  • Exile in Francophone Literature (FRE 274)
  • Family and Individuality in Twentieth Century France (FRE 274)
  • The Figure of the Outsider in French/Francophone Cinema (FRE 272)
  • Women Narratives (FRE 272)