Anny Dominique Curtius

Associate Professor of Francophone Studies, Co-Director of the Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program
Phone: 
319-335-2261
Office: 
555 PH
Office Hours: 
10:30 - 11:30 T
2:00 - 4:00 Th, and by appointment

I hold an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Montreal.
My research is interdisciplinary. It lies at the crossroads of Francophone Studies (Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Indian Ocean), Postcolonial Theory, Comparative Caribbean Literature and Cultural studies, Diaspora Studies, Cultural anthropology, Sub-Saharan African cinema, and Postcolonial ecology.
In the area of Comparative Caribbean Literature and Culture, I am the author of Symbioses d’une mémoireManifestations religieuses et littératures de la Caraïbe, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2006, 314 pp. It is a work in Cultural Studies where literary analysis creates a dialogue between writings by missionaries, travel narratives by ethnographers, contemporary Caribbean literature, and several Caribbean religions including the Rastafari Movement. The book contends on the one hand that the process of creolization in the Caribbean, and the relational dimension through which Caribbean societies need to be conceived, cannot be fully addressed without a serious consideration of the religious heritage of Caribbean cultures. On the other hand I propose that new Caribbean postcolonial discourses must be articulated at the junction of two texts: early modern texts formulating discourses of ideological domination, and contemporary ones elaborating oppositional dynamics.
I am currently completing a book manuscript, Unveiling the Camouflage: Suzanne Césaire’s Caribbean Ecopoetics , where I examine the unacknowledged yet seminal work of Suzanne Césaire, co-founder of the literary journal Tropiques, and wife of Aimé Césaire.
My latest research projects focus on the relational dynamics between the Francophone Indian diasporas of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, the entanglements of translation in Sub-Saharan African Cinema, transcolonial migrations between the Caribbean and France, Contemporary Caribbean Art, and Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Professional Activities:

  • Co-Director of the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program
  • Director of the Working Group 'Circulating Cultures', Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
  • Co-Chair of the Faculty Assembly Diversity Committee

Graduate courses

  • Topics in Contemporary Critical Theory: Creolization as Theory
  • Francophone Women Theorists
  • Crossing Borders Seminar: "Transcultural Communication and Migration in the Indian Ocean Rim and Caribbean" (team-taught with Sujatha Sosale, School of Journalism and Mass Communication)
  • The Changing Faces of West Africa in Literature, Film and Postcolonial Theory
  • Gorée, Pondichéry and Paris in the Caribbean
  • Screening Slavery
  • Women in Francophone Literature and Cinema
  • Francophone Studies: Open Spaces
  • Introduction to Graduate Study in French

Upper-level undergraduate courses

  • Mapping Haiti: Native and African Heritage, Slave Revolution, New World Modernity
  • Francophone Cinemas
  • West African Literature and Cinema: Beginnings, Evolutions, and Transgressions
  • Narrations of Slavery in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean
  • Race, Gender, Politics and Identity/ies in Francophone Caribbean Literature

Undergraduate Courses

  • French-Speaking Cultures
  • Honors First-Year Seminar: Caribbean Cinema: Cuba, Haiti, Martinique and Trinidad
  • Introduction to Reading and Writing in Literature
  • Intermediate French II, Honors

Ph.D. Dissertations

  • Pauline Remy (forthcoming)
    Undoing the Image of the Ideal Through métissage in Saint-Louis (Senegal), Saint-Pierre (Martinique), and Jeremie (Haiti)
    Director, Anny Dominique Curtius
  • Vanessa Borilot (2009-2014)
    En mal de mots: représentations de la figure paternelle dans les littératures de la Caraïbe et des Mascareignes
    Director, Anny Dominique Curtius
  • Maricelle Pinto-Tomás, (2012)
    El Caribe en voz menor
    Co-directors, Anny Dominique Curtius and Brian Gollnick
  •  Moussa Fall, (2010)
    Histoire coloniale et postcoloniale de l’Afrique de l’Ouest  à travers les figures du griot dans les films d’Ousmane Sembène
    Director, Anny Dominique Curtius
  • Jennifer Howell, (2010)
    Popularizing Historical Taboos, Transmitting Postmemory: The French-Algerian War in the Bande Dessinée
    Director, Anny Dominique Curtius
  • Sonia Kpota-Richardson, (2010)
    Réalités et fictions du travail de l’immigré subsaharien dans la France postcoloniale
    Co-directors, Anny Dominique Curtius and Michel Laronde
  • Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, (2009)
    Foundering Men, Thriving Women: Gender, Politics and the Crisis of Masculinity in Haiti and Algeria
    Co-directors, Anny Dominique Curtius and Rosemarie Scullion

Selected Publications



Book
:
Symbioses d’une mémoireManifestations religieuses et littératures de la Caraïbe, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2006, 312 pp.,  (ISBN 2-296-01056-3). (Reviewed in Research in African Literatures, Summer 2011, Journal of Haitian Studies, Spring 2007, Études littéraires africaines, December 2007)

Unveiling the Camouflage: Suzanne Césaire's Caribbean Ecopoetics (in progress)

Book Review:
Césaire, Suzanne. The Great Camouflage: Writings of Dissident (1941-1945), edited by Daniel Maximim and translated by Keith L. Walker, Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2012, in Modern and Contemporary France, Volume 21, Issue 4, November 2013, pp. 566-567. 

Articles:
“Tropiques: le dialogue créole et écopoétique d’Aimé et Suzanne Césaire,” forthcoming in  special issue of Présence Africaine (in press)

“De cuerpos desnudos pintados y de estatuas decapitadas: La historia interpretativa de Fort-de-France” Special issue of Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Francia en Latinoamérica/Latinoamérica en Francia, xxxix, no 78, 2013, pp. 175-194.

“Lorsque la rastalogie, la dub poetry et l'Antillanité -Tout-Monde d' Édouard Glissant entrent en relation." Revue des Sciences Humaines, Special issue, "Entours d' Édouard Glissant", N° 309, Janvier-Mars 2013: 55-72.

"Aimé Césaire" in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, Ray, Sangeeta, and Schwarz, Henry (general editors), (forthcoming).

“Utopies du BUMIDOM: Construire l’avenir dans un là-bas postcontact” in Special issue, French Forum, Vol. 35, N° 2-3, Spring/Fall 2010:135-155.

“Gandhi et Au-Béro, ou comment inscrire les traces d’une mémoire indienne dans une négritude martiniquaise”, in Special issue of L’Esprit créateur entitled“Indian Ethnoscapes: Kala Pani Narratives in Francophone Literature”, Vol. 50, No. 2, (2010):109-123.

The Great White Man of Lambaréné by Bassek Ba Kobhio: When Translating a Colonial  Mentality Loses its Meaning” in FLS (French Literature Series), French and Francophone Literature and Film in/and Translation Vol. XXXVI, pp.115-130, 2009.

À Fort-de-France les statues ne meurent pas”, in Special issue dedicated to the Memory of Aimé Césaire, Departmentalization at Sixty: The French DOMs and the Paradoxes of the PeripheryInternational Journal of Francophone Studies, Vol. 11, Issue 1, pp. 87-106, 2008.

"Pièces d'identités de Mweze Ngangura: racines et rhizomes en contexte de tiers espace", FLS (French Literature Series)Imagined Geographies in French and Francophone Literature and Film, Vol. XXX, 2003, pp. 151-165.

"Briser Les silences du palais pour exorciser la mémoire, dire l’urgence de vivre", in Le Maghreb Littéraire, vol.VI, n.12, 2002, pp. 64-81.

"La créolité de Chamoiseau:phénomène nouveau ou continuité d’un détour ‘nègzagonal’" FLS (French Literature Series) Beginnings in French Literature, Vol. XXIX, 2002, pp. 181-196.

Book Chapters:

"L'auto-ethnographie de Fabienne Kanor: An interview", in Pascale De Souza & Adlai Murdoch (eds) Metropolitan Mosaics and Melting-Pots: Paris and Montreal in Francophone Literatures, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp. 223-237.

"Construire une mémoire postcoloniale de l’esclavage dans Passage du milieu", in Donatien-Yssa, Patricia, (ed). Images de soi dans les sociétés postcoloniales, Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit, 2006, pp. 529-543.

"Sorcière et reine dans le théâtre d’Aimé Césaire: Absence des corps et des voix, marronnage du silence" in Ruprecht, A., (ed) Les théâtres francophones et créolophones de la Caraïbe. Pratiques scéniques et textuelles de la transculture, Paris: L’Harmattan 2003, pp. 73-83.

"Unidad en la diversidad en el Caribe: religiónes y espacio literario", in Pizarro, Ana. (ed), El archipiélago de fronteras externas. Culturas del Caribe hoy, Santiago de Chile: Editorial de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile, 2002, pp. 87-130.

"Désontologisme et réontologisme des esclaves et des marrons" in Bernabé, Jean; Bonniol, Jean-Luc; Confiant, Raphaël; L’etang, Gerry (eds), Au visiteur lumineuxDes îles créoles aux sociétés plurielles. Mélanges offerts à Jean Benoist, Pointe-à-Pitre: Ibis Rouge, 2000, pp. 103-114.

with Joseph Paré, "Le Mandat de Ousmane Sembène ou la dialectique d’une double herméneutique" in Niang, S. (ed) Littérature et cinéma en Afrique francophone: Ousmane Sembène et Assia Djebar, Paris: L’Harmattan, 1996, pp. 139-149.