Professor; Director, African Studies
Teaching & Research Interests:
Comparative and Francophone literatures, Indian Ocean and Caribbean studies, postcolonial, African and African-American studies, autobiography, race and gender studies.
Ph.D. University of Michigan
Previously Pearce Miller Professor in Literary Studies @ Northwestern (until 1998)
Visiting Professor, Romance Studies, Duke University, 1996
Special Professor, Department of French, University of Nottingham, UK, 2003-06
Directeur d'études associé,EHESS, Paris, 2004
Autobiographical Voices: Race, Gender, Self-Portraiture (Cornell, 1989, 1991)
Postcolonial Representations: Women, Literature, Identity (Cornell, 1995)
Minor Transnationalism, co-edited with Shu-mei Shih (Duke, 2005, 2009)
The Creolization of Theory,co-edited with Shu-mei Shih, (Duke, Spring 2011)
Writing Women and Critical Dialogues(Mauritius: l'Ateiier d'écriture, 2012)
The Known and the Uncertain: Creole Cosmopolitics of the Indian Ocean (Mauritius: L'Atelier d'écriture, 2012)
The Indies, Otherwise: Creolization, Comparison, and World Literature (under contract, Stanford UP)
Special double issue ofYale French Studies "Post/Colonial Conditions: Exiles, Migrations, Nomadisms" (82 and 83, 1993) co-edited with Ronnie Scharfman.
Signs on "Postcolonial, Indigenous, and Emergent Feminisms" (1995) and "Development Cultures" (2004), both co-edited with several others.
L'Esprit créateur (Fall 2001) on "Cities, Modernity, and Cultural Memory in France and the Francophone World"
Comparative Literary Studies, "Intra-National Comparisons" 40: 2 (Spring 2003), co-edited with D. Castillo and P. M. Lutzeler.
MLN, "Francophone Studies: New Landscapes" 118: 4 (Oct. 2003), co-edited with Dominic Thomas.
International Journal of Francophone Studies, "Between Words and Images: The Culture of Mauritius" (Fall 2010-Winter 2011)
Words Without Borders(May 2012); "Writing from the Indian Ocean"
Recent and Forthcoming Articles:
"Languages, Literatures, Pedagogies: Africa and Diaspora Studies," CLS, under review.
"Un monde... des mondes," Préface,Point barre: Revue de poésie13 (2012).
"Consciousness and Relationality: Sartre, Levi-Strauss, Beauvoir, and Glissant," Yale French Studies, forthcoming 2012.
"'New World' Exiles and Ironists from Evariste Parny to Ananda Devi," Postcolonial Poetics. Jane Hiddleston and Patrick Crowley, eds. Liverpool University Press, 2012.
"Cosmopolitan or Creole Lives? Globalized Oceans and Insular Identities,"Profession, December 2011. Japanese trans. in Hikaku Mainoriti Gaku, journal of the Hikaku Mainoriti Kenkyukai.
"Counterpoint and Double Critique in Edward Said and Abdelkebir Khatibi: A Transcolonial Comparison,"A Companion to Comparative Literature, Ali Behdad and Dominic Thomas, eds. Blackwell, October 2011.
"World Literature,Francophonie, and Creole Cosmopolitics,"The Routledge Companion to World Literature, Theo D’haen, David Damrosch and Djelal Kadir, eds. Routlege, September 2011.
“En guise de preface,”Les fruits de la coïncidence by Jacqueline Pilot, Mauritius: l’Atelier d’écriture 17-18 (2011).
“Foreword: ‘detwra tipetal rouz…’,”Flame-Tree Lane by Dev Virahsawmy, Pink Pigeon Press, 2011.
“Introduction: Mauritius in/and Global Culture,” inBetween Words and Images: The Culture of Mauritius, special issue ofInternational Journal of Francophone Studies 13: 3&4 (2010-11): 371-400.
"Cing mètres d’ordre et de sagesse…: Ananda Devi’s Unfurling Art of Fiction,”Ecritures mauriciennes au féminin: Penser l'altérité. Veronique Bragard and Srilata Ravi, eds. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2011, 283-314.
"Littérature-monde, francophonie et ironie: modèles de violence et violence des modèles,"Parodies, pastiches, réécritures: la question des modèles dans les littératures francophones. Lise Gauvin & Cecile van den Avenne, eds. P. de l'ENS, 2012
" 'Direexactement’: Remembering the Interwoven Lives of Jewish Deportees and Coolie Descendants in 1940s Mauritius,”Yale French Studies 118/119 (2010): 111-135.
"Critical Conventions, Literary Landscapes, and Postcolonial Ecocriticism"French Global; A New Approach to Literary History, Christie MacDonald & Susan Suleiman, eds., Columbia UP, 2010, 127-144.
"Ces voix au fil de soi(e): le détour du poétique," Assia Djebar: Littérature et Transmission- Colloque de Cerisy, Wolfgang Asholt, Mireiile Calle-Gruber et Dominique Combe, eds., Paris: Presses Sorbone Nouvelle, 2010, 23-36.
“Matière à photographie: cosmopolitique et modernité créoles à l’Ile Maurice,”French Forum 34:3 (2009): 75-99.
"Universalisms & Francophonies,"International Journal of Francophone Studies 12:2&3 (2009): 203-221.
“Fictions of (Under)Development: Hunger Artists in the Global Economy,”On the Edges of Development: Cultural Interventions, ed. Bhavnani, Foran, Kurian & Munshi, Routledge, 2009, 215-231.
"Continents and Archipelagoes: From E Pluribus Unum to Creole Solidarities,"PMLA 123.5 (October 2008): 1503-15.
"Disease, Demography and the Debré Solution: Broken Promises and Stolen Children in Réunion Island (2006, 1966 1946),"International Journal of Francophone Studies 11/1+2 (2008): 211-27.
"Postcolonialism. Language and the Visual: By Way of Haiti,"Journal of Postcolonial Writing 44.3 (September 2008): 227-239.
" 'The Indies': Baudelaire's Colonial World,"PMLA 123. 3 (May 2008): 723-36.
President, American Comparative Literature Assciation (2011-12)
Director, UCLA African Studies Center (2010- )
Director, UCLA Global Fellows Postdoctoral Program (2005-2007)
Co-Director, UCLA Mellon Postdoctoral Program (2005-2014)
Executive Council MLA (1998-02)
Advisory Board, ACLA (2003-06)
MLA representative to the ACLS (2003-06; 2010-14)
Board of Governors, UCHRI (2004-09)
Honors and Awards:
Principal Co-PI, MellonFoundation grant for the "Cultures in Transnational Perspective" Postdoc Program (2005-13)
French Gov. Award: Chevalier/Ordre des palmes académiques, 2004
2002 Best Mentor Award fromWomen in French (WIF)
Professor Lionnet has held fellowships and grants from the Cornell Society for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the SSRC, the United Nations Fund (UNFPA), the UCHRI, the Humanities Research Institute at the University of California-Irvine, the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota, and the NEH. She directed the NEH/Northwestern Summer Institute in French Cultural Studies in 1995
In June 2003, she held a residency fellowship at theRockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center