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Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi

Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi

Professor Emerita
French and Italian

Professor Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi is affiliated with both the French and Italian and Comparative Literature departments. Her teaching and research interests include cultural relations between Europe, Africa and the Caribbean; literature, intellectuals and society; and women writers. Before coming to Stanford in 1995, Professor Boyi taught at universities in the Congo and Burundi, as well as Haverford College and Duke University. She was a Visiting Professor in the French Department of the Graduate Center, CUNY in 1994. In 1999-2000 Professor Boyi was a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. In 2002-2003 Professor Boyi was the president of the African Literature Association, a non-profit society of scholars dedicated to the advancement of African Literary Studies. She served as a member of the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association, where she represents the field of French (2003-2006), and as the Director of the interdisciplinary Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford (2005-2008). In 2012 and 2013, Professor Boyi was a visiting Professor at Hong Kong University. In 2014, she received the African Literature Association's Distinguished Member Award.

Among Mudimbe-Boyi's publications are Jacques-Stephen Alexis: une écriture poétique, un engagement politique, "Post-Colonial Women Writing in French;" Beyond Dichotomies: Histories, Identities, Culture, and the Challenge of Globalization (2002); Remembering Africa (2002); Essais sur les cultures en contact - Afrique, Amériques, Europe(published by Karthala Paris, September 2006); Pour une histoire en partage. Images, mémoires et savoirs (co-edited with Isidore Ndaywel, preface by Pierre Nora of l’Académie Française, 2009); and "Ecrivains africains et antillais: du roman comme Histoire" (Oeuvres et critiques XXXVI, 2), 2011.

Research Interest(s): 
20th Century French Literature, Francophone Literature from Africa and the Caribbean, Contacts of Cultures, Travel Writing, History and Memory in Literature
Countries of Study: 
Democratic Republic of the Congo