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Julie-Françoise Tolliver

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Julie-Françoise Tolliver

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Associate Professor

Senior Faculty Fellow for Arts and Humanities Research, CFE 

Assistant Director for Grants and Fellowships, Arts and Humanities Forum
University of Oklahoma

PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Comparative Literature, 2009

Julie-Françoise Tolliver is associate professor at OU, specializing in 20th-century and contemporary world literature and film. Her research focuses on francophone studies, Canadian Studies, American Studies, postcolonial studies, and world literature and cinema.

Her first book, The Quebec Connection: A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures (University of Virginia Press, 2020), was supported by a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Comparative Literature Association’s Helen Tartar First Book Subvention. It examines the textual connections linking French-language writers from Quebec, Africa, and the Caribbean from the 1950s through the 1970s. Tolliver has also co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing titled “Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances During the Cold War.” She has published articles on the work of Louise Archambault, Yamina Bachir-Chouikh, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Nouri Bouzid, Aimé Césaire, Marie Vieux Chauvet, Paul Gury, Dany Laferrière, J.M.G. Le Clézio, Chloé Leriche, Ousmane Sembene, Kim Thúy, and Denis Villeneuve. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled “Burning History: Fire in North American Literature and Film,” which provides a much-needed humanistic examination of North America’s wildfire crisis.  

Research and teaching interests
World literature (early, 20th-century, and contemporary), world cinema, postcolonial studies, North American studies, translation studies

Helen Tartar First Book Subvention (2020)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2017-2018)

The Quebec Connection: A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures. University of Virginia Press, 2020.


For more information, please consult her C.V. (pdf)