Anny Dominique Curtius

Anny Curtius
Associate Professor of Francophone Studies; Director of the Working Group 'Circulating Cultures' at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
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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, the Indian Ocean and Sub-Saharan Africa), Postcolonial ecology, Comparative Caribbean critical theory and cultural studies, Cinematic and performing arts, Cultural anthropology, and Intangible cultural heritage studies.
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, contemporary Caribbean art, and Intangible cultural heritage in the Global South.

Professional Activities:

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

Graduate courses

  • Crossing Borders Seminar: "Rethinking Memory and Trauma: New Directions in Cultural and Visual Studies" (team-taught with Marie Kruger, Department of English)
  • 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 Francophone Sub-Saharan 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 Seminars: Caribbean Cinema: Cuba, Haiti, Martinique and Trinidad; Caribbean Religions in Cinema, Music and the Arts
  • Introduction to Reading and Writing in Literature
  • Intermediate French II, Honors

Ph.D. Dissertations

  • Pauline Remy (2010-2015)
    Infiltrating the Colonial City through the Imaginaries of Métissage: 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, (2005-2010)
    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, (2005-2010)
    Popularizing Historical Taboos, Transmitting Postmemory: The French-Algerian War in the Bande Dessinée
    Director, Anny Dominique Curtius
  • Sonia Kpota-Richardson, (2005-2010)
    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

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. 

"Cannibalizing Doudouisme, Conceptualizing the Morne: Suzanne Césaire’s Caribbean Ecopoetics”, The South Atlantic Quarterly, 115-3, July 2016, 513-139.

“Tropiques: le dialogue créole et écopoétique d’Aimé et Suzanne Césaire,” In Césaire 2013: ‘parole due’, edited by Romuald Fonkoua and Anne Douaire-Banny, Présence Africaine, no189: 141-151, 2014.

“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 Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz, José Luis Villacañas Berlanga, Alberto Moreiras and April Shemak (eds), Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2016.

“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:

"Unshackling the Ocean: Screening Trauma and Memory in Guy Deslauriers’s Passage du Milieu~The Middle Passage,” in Rudyard Alcocer (ed), Celluloid Chains: Slavery in the Americas through Film, The University of Tennessee Press, (forthcoming).

"Bénarès de Barlen Pyamootoo ou la poétisation d’un habitus mémoriel à l’écran,” in  Yolaine Parisot (ed) Classe, genre, nation dans les discours artistiques de l’Océan indien, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, (forthcoming).

Coalescence et dissonance d’une diaspora intellectuelle postcoloniale: aventures rhizomatiques de la dé/mesure chez Césaire, Camus, Glissant et Fanon.” In Albert Camus-Aimé Césaire: Poétiques de la révolte (forthcoming)

"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.

Conferences co-organized:

Crossing Borders Conference, Rethinking Memory and Trauma: New Directions in Cultural and Visual Studies, University of Iowa, (April 22-23,2016).

Corssing Borders Conference, Transcultural Communication and Migrations in the Indian Ocean Rim and the Caribbean, University of Iowa, (March 23-24,2012).