Department of French and Romance Philology  







Kaiama Glover



Assistant Professor (Barnard)

Francophone literature and post-colonial studies
310 Milbank Hall
Barnard College


Having received a B.A. in French History and Literature and Afro-American Studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in French and Romance Philology from Columbia University, I joined the faculty of Barnard College as Assistant Professor of French in 2002. My teaching and research interests include francophone literature, particularly that of Haiti and the French Antilles, colonialism and postcolonialism, and African cinema. I advise students in French, Africana Studies, Comparative Literature, and Human Rights. I have been on the editorial board of theRomanic Review since 2002, am a founder and co-coordinator of the Transnational and Transcolonial Caribbean Studies Research Group, and am a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review.

My recent book, Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool UP 2010), addresses the general issue of canon formation in the francophone Caribbean and the particular fate of the Haitian Spiralist authors vis-à-vis this canon. I am currently at work on a book titled Disorderly Women: “Narcissism,” Community, and Gender in Novels of the French-Speaking Caribbean, a project that addresses the ethics of narcissism and writings of the feminine in 20th and 21st century prose fiction by novelists from Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. I have also begun work on an edited volume dedicated to Haitian writer Marie Vieux Chauvet.


Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon. Liverpool University Press, 2010.

Josephine Baker: a Century in the Spotlight, special double issue of The Scholar and the Feminist Online, Barnard Center for Research on Women 6.1-6.2, fall 2007-spring 2008 [edited volume].

Order, Disorder, and Freedom: an Homage to Maryse Condé, special double issue of theRomanic Review. Columbia University Press, 2004 [edited volume].                                                                                                                

Articles/Book Chapters

“Disengaged Engagement: Challenges to Communalist Discourse in the Work of Marie Vieux Chauvet,” in Mia Bay, Farah Griffin, Martha Jones, and Barbara Savage eds., Black Women’s Intellectual and Cultural History Project [under review].

“Ecrire la schizophrénie: la configuration du personnage dans l’œuvre ‘spiraliste’ de Frankétienne, Jean-Claude Fignolé et René Philoctète,” in Nadève Ménard ed., Ecrire Haïti Aujourd’hui (1986-2006), Editions Karthala, 2010 [in press].

“Same Difference: Incoherent Being(s) in Jean-Claude Fignolé’s Early Prose Fiction.” The French Review 85.2 (December 2011) [in press].

“Tituba’s Fall: Libidinal Politics in the (French-speaking) Americas,” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 15.1 (2011): 99-106.

“Presenting the Past: The Persistence of the Para-Revolutionary Moment in Jean-Claude Fignolé’s Aube Tranquille.” Research in African Literatures 41.4 (November 2010): 208-26.

“The Ambivalent Transnationalism of a Literature World. In French.” Small Axe 33 14.3 (October 2010): 99-110.

“Same Difference: Incoherent Being(s) in Jean-Claude Fignolé’s Early Prose Fiction.” The French Review 85.2 (December 2011) [in press].

“The Consequences of ‘Not-Paris,” in Alec Hargreave and David Murphy eds., Boundaries and Limits of Postcolonialism, special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 44.3 (September 2008): 275-88.

“Showing vs. Telling: spiralisme in the light of antillanité,” in Jean Jonassaint ed., Au-delà du texte: la poétique Frankétienne, special issue of the Journal of Haitian Studies 14.1 (spring 2008): 91-117.

“Exploiting the Undead: the Usefulness of the Zombie Figure in Haitian Literature,” in theJournal of Haitian Studies 11.2 (fall 2005): 105-121.

“The Matter of Haiti,” in Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, eds., The New History of American Literature: Harvard University Press, 2009.

“Physical Internment and Creative Freedom: the Spiralist Contribution,” in Kathleen Balutansky and Marie-Agnès Sourieau eds., Haiti: Writing Under Siege, Editions Rodopi, 2005.


James Austin, ed. New Spaces for French and Francophone Cinema, special issue of Yale French Studies 115 (July 2009), for SYMPOSIUM: A Quarterly Journal of Modern Literatures 64.4 (2010).

Chris Bongie. Friends and Enemies: the Scribal Politics of Post/colonial Literature.Liverpool University Press, 2008, for Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 12.2 (July 2010): 328-30.

Sibylle Fischer. Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution. Duke University Press, 2004, for Research in African Literatures 36.3 (September 2005): 152-3.

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