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Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François

Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, and Comparative Literature
Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François

Fields

Francophone studies; Indian Ocean studies; cultural and ethnic studies; violence, identity and postcolonial studies

Education

Ph.D. University of Mauritius, 2012

Professional Bio

Biography:

Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, and Comparative Literature. He is also the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of French and Francophone Studies. Formerly a lecturer at the Mauritius Institute of Education, then a Mellon Fellow at UCLA, he is the author of Poétiques de la violence et récits francophones contemporains (Brill, 2017). His research and teaching interests in comparative francophonies include the study of violence, migration and transnational identities, multi-ethnic societies and Creolization, the Global South, island literatures and Indian Ocean studies. His current book project focuses primarily on contemporary Indian Ocean literary and expressive cultures. He is interested in the study of creolization models in this region and in exploring the ‘New Thalassology.’

HONORS & AWARDS

Liberal Arts Outstanding Associate Professor Award, PSU, 2021

Marian Trygve Freed Early Career Professorship in the Department of French and Francophone Studies, PSU, 2016-2019

French Republic Award: Chevalier/Ordre des Palmes académiques, 2016

King Faculty Research Award, Department of French and Francophone Studies, PSU, 2015-2016

2014 UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCLA, 2013-2014

PUBLICATIONS

Book

Poétiques de la violence et récits francophones contemporains (Brill, 2017)

Edited Volume

Marcel Cabon. Écrivain d’ici et d’ailleurs (co-edited with V. Ramharai). Trou d’Eau Douce (Mauritius): L’Atelier d’écriture, 2014.

Journal Issues

Verge: Studies in Global Asias 8.1 (co-edited with Neelima Jeychandran), “Indian Ocean Studies, African-Asian Affinities.” Spring 2022.

Cultural Dynamics 31.2 (co-edites with Maya Boutaghou), “Special Issue: The Minor in Question.” 2020.

Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: Sites 22.2 (co-edited with Maya Boutaghou), “Mapping Francophone Postcolonial Theories: Toward Integrated Multidimensional Approaches.” 2018.

Nouvelles études francophones 28.2 (co-edited with Kumari R. Issur), “(S’)écrire entre soi et autre: nouvelles formes de l’altérité dans les littératures francophones de l’Île Maurice et de Madagascar.” U of Nebraska P. Fall 2013.

Loxias-colloques 3 (co-edited with Kumari Issur), “D’une île du monde aux mondes de l’île: dynamiques littéraires et explorations critiques des écritures mauriciennes.” U of Nice (France). May 2013. http://revel.unice.fr/symposia/actel/index.html?id=392.

Recent Articles/Book Chapters (selection)

“Kinships of the Sea: Comparative History, Minor Solidarity, and Transoceanic Empathy.” Postcolonialism in a New Key: Concepts, Methodologies, Scholarly Activisms. Ed. David Kim. Palgrave Macmillan.

“Mémoire, corps et errance dans Alma de J.-M. G. Le Clézio.” Les Cahiers J.-M. G. Le Clézio 12 (2019): 157-82.

“Les récits mauriciens contemporains et la ‘nouvelle thalassologie’: transversalités mineures, fraternités océaniques et géographies-mondes.” Revue des sciences humaines 330 (2018): 83-109.

“Creolization, Hinduism, and Re-Worlding Trajectories in Contemporary Mauritian Fiction.” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies 22.2 (2018): 208-17.

“Géographies insulaires, frontières territoriales et écologies politiques: Rodrigues et les Chagos, ces ‘étrangères’ de la nation mauricienne.” Nouvelles études francophones 32.2 (2017): 124-39.

“Espace océanique, parole archipélique et polyphonie mémorielle dans Humus de Fabienne Kanor.” Women in French Studies 25 (2017): 77-92.

“Literary Routes: Migration, Islands and the Creative Economy” (co-authored with Françoise Lionnet). PMLA 131.5 (2016): 1222-38.

“Masculinités, homosexualité et homonationalisme dans Le Dernier Combat du Captain Ni’mat de Mohamed Leftah” (co-authored with Carla Calargé). Nouvelles études francophones 30.2 (2015): 93-110.

“De la thalassologie à la Relation: la voix de Charlesia Alexis, entre mémoire, ressassement et lutte pour les droits humains.” Îles/Elles. Résistances et revendications féminines dans les îles des Caraïbes et de l’océan Indien (XVIIe-XXIe siècles). Ed. Valérie Magdelaine-Andrianjafitrimo and Marc Arino, Saint Denis (Réunion): Université de la Réunion: K’A éditions, 2015. 137-52.

“De la violence du multiculturel à la transgression littéraire: pour une lecture ethnographique de la littérature mauricienne contemporaine.” Lettres romanes 68.1-2 (2014): 7-34.

“‘Ramasser les mots parmi les détritus’: écriture et poétique de l’ordure dans l’œuvre de Jean-Luc Raharimanana” (co-authored with Véronique Bragard). Lettres romanes 68.1-2 (2014): 149-71.

“Ethnicité, sexualité et mythologie: Ananda Devi et l’Indo-Mauricienne” (co-authored with Srilata Ravi). Purusarta 32 (2014), “Indianité et créolité à l’Île Maurice.” Editions de l’EHESS. 239-66.

Recent seminars:

(Re-)Imagining Islands and Oceans in Contemporary Francophone Literatures

Conversations with Edouard Glissant: Relation, Creolization, and Archipelagic Thinking

Oceanic Creolization, Diasporic Cultures, and Re-Worlding Trajectories

Violence, Human Rights, and Francophone Expressions

Francophone Island Literatures. Geographies, Creolizations and Globalizations

Postcolonial Theory, Francophonie, and World Literature

Indian Ocean Literatures: Migration and Multiethnic Societies