Odile Cazenave

Faculty Associate
Professor of French


BA, MA University of Strasbourg, France; MA, PhD Pennsylvania State University


Francophone (African, Caribbean, Indian Ocean) Literature and Film; Gender studies; Postcolonial Studies


Her research interests focus on the impact of age, gender and location on the writing and reception of postcolonial literary and filmic narratives in French. Her publications include Femmes rebelles: naissance d’un nouveau roman africain au féminin (L’Harmattan, Paris 1996), Afrique sur Seine. Une nouvelle génération de romanciers africains à Paris (L’Harmattan, 2003)–both are available in translation (Rebellious Women (Lynne Rienner, 1999), and Afrique sur Seine A New Generation of African Writers in Paris; Lexington Books, 2005)), and Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment (University of Virginia Press, 2011, co-written with Patricia Celerier, Vassar College). The guest editor for Présence Francophone 58, ‘Francophonies, Ecritures et Immigration,’ and co-editor with writer and philosopher, Tanella Boni, of Cultures Sud, 172 L’engagement au féminin, she has written on a large number of Francophone writers and a wide range of topics related to gender and sexuality, history and memory, the local and the global, representations of postcolonial violence, the diaspora, as well as issues of displacement, migration, and citizenship in a global world.

She co-edited (with Patricia Célérier) a special issue for Présence Francophone on Twenty Years After: the artistic post-genocide production in and on Rwanda (Présence Francophone 52, December 2015). She is co-editing a special issue on Francophone African documentaries for the fall. Her current book project is about Conversations, social media, and Francophone literature and film.