Roxanna Curto is Assistant Professor of French and Italian, and Spanish and Portuguese. She received an A.B. in Romance Studies from Harvard in 2001, and a Ph.D. in French from Yale in 2008. She was an Assistant Professor of French at Illinois State University from 2008 to 2011.
In her research, Professor Curto explores the representation of Western cultural elements (such as technology and sports) in 20th- and 21st-century French, Francophone and Caribbean literature. She is currently completing a book manuscript, “Inter-tech(s): Colonialism and the Question of Technology in Francophone Literature,” which examines the representation of modern technologies in the works of Francophone writers from Africa and the Caribbean. She is also writing a series of articles exploring connections between AiméCésaire and Latin American literature, in order to argue that Césaire’s works can be interpreted from the perspectives of Afro-cubismo and negrismo,magical realism, and the “theater of development” movement. Her second book project is a study of the representation of sports, especially soccer, in literature and film, focusing on their fundamental role in post-colonial body politics, nation-building, and the formation of collective imaginaries.
Professor Curto’s articles on Césaire, Senghor, Beyala, Loba and Bhêly-Quénumhave appeared in French Literature Series, Research in African Literatures, the Journal of the African Literature Association and an edited volume on trains and modernity. She is also the editor of the French Caribbean section of The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies.