Benedicte Boisseron - French
Though initially trained as a Caribbeanist specialized in the literatures and cultures from the French Antilles (Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe), now I view myself more broadly as a ‘black diaspora’ scholar. My research seeks to highlight the connections between the French continental, French Caribbean, and African-American thought.
Even though Blacks in the Americas have been linguistically, geographically, and culturally fragmented, I am interested in the commonality of their experiences.
The book that I have recently published, Creole Renegades, investigates the exilic literature of Caribbean-born and Caribbean-descent writers who are living and producing in North America and who have raised some controversy for showing disengagement with their native islands. My more recent book project, tentatively titled Afro-Dog: The Animal Question in the Black Diaspora of the Americas” explores the ways in which the animal and the African-American or Afro-Caribbean have crossed paths since the Middle Passage and reached empowerment through those encounters. This new book project brings Critical Animal Studies and Post-Colonial Studies together.
Bénédicte Boisseron, Associate Professor in French and Francophone Studies, was born in France to a French mother and Caribbean (Guadeloupean) father. She received an M.A. in English from Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France) and a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Michigan. She is the author of Creole Renegades: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora (UP of Florida, 2014), 2015 winner of the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. She is also the co-author of La culture Francophone (Focus Publishing, forthcoming) and co-editor of Voix du monde (Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2011). Her articles have appeared in Etudes Francophones, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, and Yale French Studies, among others. She is the recipient of an Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellowship (Berlin, Germany) and of an Animals & Society Institute and Animal Studies Program Research Fellowship (Wesleyan University, CT).