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Frieda Ekotto

Professor of French

Office Location(s): 4124 MLB 1275
Phone: 734.764.5368
ekotto@umich.edu
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Comparative Literature
      Center for Afroamerican and African Studies
  • About

    My interests include twentieth-century narratives and theater, European intellectual history and philosophy, postcolonialism, film, writing and violence, legal discourse and literature, psychoanalysis and sociological approaches, critical discourse and cultural studies, French and Francophone literatures, feminist discourses and narratives of Francophone women writers, West African and Francophone theater, North African women writers and questions of silence and madness.

    Recent and Selected Publications 


    What Color is Black: Race and Sex across the French Atlantic. Massachusetts: Lexington Press, 2010.

    Portrait d'une jeune artiste de Bona Mbella (a novel).
    Paris: L'Harmattan, 2010.

    Nouvelles francophones. Ed. Frieda Ekotto and Benedicte Boisseron. Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2010.

    Rethinking Third Cinema: The Role of Anti-colonial Media and Aesthetics in Postmodernity. Ed. Frieda Ekotto and Adeline Koh. Germany: LIT Berlin, 2009.

    "Toutes les images du langage:Jean Genet, Presse de l'Université de Paris."  Della Ricerca, Transatlantique 9. Sorbone/Biblioteca, 2008. Ed. Frieda Ekotto, Aurélie Renaud  and Agnès Vannouvong.

    Recent graduate courses taught:


    S ocial and theoretical constructions of prison as a space
    (French 656)
    Cultural Diversity in Francophone Cinema: Representation of Minorities and Interethnic Relation (French 656)
    Jean Genet and Minorities: A Process of Aesthetization (French 656)
    Reading Race in the French Speaking Space (French 855)
    Third Cinema and Society in the French Speaking Cinema
    (Complit 761)
    French Critical Theories (French 855)

    Recent undergraduate courses taught: 


    French Literature: 19th and 20th century narratives (French 389) African and Caribbean Literature in French (French 470)
    Freshmen Seminar on questions of Space in Francophone World (French 250)
    Legal Issues in 20th Century Literature(French 270)
    Representing the Family in Francophone Literature and Cinema (French 375)
    Issues in Race and Cultural Diversity in the Francophone World (French 244)
    African and Caribbean Literature: Postcolonial Narratives of Recollection in the Works of Women Writers from the Francophone World (French 469)
    Representing the family in Francophone African Literature and Cinema (French 365)
    Problems in Society: Issues in Race and Cultural Diversity in the Francophone World (French 374)
    Race, Ethnicity and Racism in the Francophone World (English 244)
    Minorities in the Postcolonial World: Friendship in Francophone Film (French 374)
    Women and Representation in Francophone West Africa Literature (Complit 470)
    Interculturality and the Fragmentation of Identity (Complit 470)
    African films and Social Discourse (French 272) Rethinking Negritude within Black Intellectual Thought: 1930-1949 (Honors 250/Complit 260)

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Comparative Literature and French Literature, University of Minnesota
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • 20th and 21st century literature, culture and cinema, Africana Studies, Critical Race Theory and Comparative Literature
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books
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