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Jean Jonassaint

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies; Undergraduate Advisor

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Jonassaint broad field of research is Francophone Studies, which cover a huge area of literary productions primarily in French, from eighteenth-century Europe and the Americas to twenty-first-century Africa or Asia. Mainly, his research is on narratives by Caribbean, Quebec and African writers or transnational writers in France and Quebec. On the other hand, he is more and more interested in a practical epistemology, which to some extent implies an ethics of criticism and theory. His growing interest in the questioning of traditional approaches to Francophone or Caribbean literatures leads him more recently to critical and genetic edition of texts, as demonstrated by his 90-page book chapter “Matériaux pour une édition critique” (2008). Currently he is working on a critical and genetic edition of La Tragédie du Roi Christophe by Aimé Césaire to be published in a volume coordinated by professor A. James Arnold for the series “Planète libre” of CNRS editions (Paris).


Courses

French 300 French Creative Workshop 

French 300 Francophone World 1

French 300 Francophone World 2

French 317 Business French 

French 401 Translation/Traduction

French 400/600 Mother Figures, Women's Stories

French 400/ 600 Frankétienne: A Multitalented Caribbean Writer 

French 400/ 600 The Theatre of Aimé Césaire   

French 417/ 617 “Impressions d’Afrique”: Caribbean Gazes

French 419/ 619 Sembène Ousmane & the African Cinema


Education

  • Ph.D., French Studies, Université de Montréal (1989)
  • M.A., Literary Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal (1981)
  • B.A., Literary Studies & Communication, Université du Québec à Montréal (1977)


Career

  • Associate Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Syracuse University, 2005-present
  • Assistant Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Duke University, 1996-2005 
  • Senior Lecturer, Literary Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal, 1979-1996
  • Lecturer, Literary Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal, 1978-1979
  • Cultural Adviser of the City of Montréal for publishing, communication, and intercultural Affairs, 1988-1995


Books

First Book

Typo/Topo/Poéthique : sur Frankétienne (Paris : L’Harmattan, 2008, 370 pages).

 
Second Book

Des Romans de tradition haïtienne: sur un récit tragique (Paris and Montréal: L’Harmattan and Cidihca, 2002, 370 pages).


Second Book

Le Pouvoir des mots, les maux du pouvoir. Des romanciers haïtiens de l’exil (Paris and Montréal: Arcantère and Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 1986, 274 pages).



Second Book

La Déchirure du (corps)texte et autres brèches (Montréal and Paris: Dérives/ Nouvelle optique and Silex/ Nouvelle optique, 1984, 99 pages).




Edited Journals

Special issue on Frankétienne, Journal of Haitian Studies 14.1 (2008), 247 pages <http://research.ucsb.edu/cbs/publications/johs/johs1401.html>.

L’Amérique entre les langues [co-editor Lise Gauvin], Études françaises 28.2-3 (1992-1993), 186 pages <http://www.erudit.org/revue/etudfr/1992/v28/n2-3/index.html>.

Nouvelles brésiliennes [anthology, co-editors F. Aguiar and J. García Méndez]. Dérives 37-38-39 (1983), 216 pages. 


Book Chapters

Pour un projet de sauvegarde et d’édition critique d’œuvres haïtiennes, in Marc Cheymol ed. Littératures au Sud. Paris : Agence universitaire de la Francophonie/ Éditions des Archives contemporaines, 2009, 197-207 (available online at  <http://www.llcd.auf.org/IMG/pdf/LitteraturesDuSud_BAT.pdf>).

Toward New Paradigms in Caribbean Studies:  The Impact of the Haitian Revolution on our Literatures, in Doris Garraway ed., Tree of Liberty: Cultural Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 200-222.

Pour de nouveaux paradigmes: Haïti et nos humanités, in Présences haïtiennes (eds. by Christiane Achour et al.). Cergy: Centre de Recherche Textes et Francophonies, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, 2007, 421-451.

For a Caribbean Intertext: On Some Readings of Maryse Condé’s Crossing the Mangrove, in French Civilization and Its Discontents: Nationalism, Colonialism, Race (ed. by G. van den Abbeele and T. Stovall). Lanham:  Lexington Books, 2003, 147-171. [Resived and enlarged English version of “Sur des lectures de Traversée de la Mangrove de Condé,” Cahiers Francophones d’Europe Centre-Orientale 10 (2000): 419-441.]

Haitian Literature in the United States, 1948-1986, in American Babel: Literatures of the United States from Abnaki to Zuni (ed. by Marc Shell). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002, 431-449. [Resived English version of “Des Productions littéraires haïtiennes aux États-Unis (1948-1986),” Journal of Haitian Studies 5-6 (1999-2000): 4-19.]

The Crossing of American Languages in Sainte dérive des cochons, in Unforeseeable Americas: Questioning Cultural Hybridity in the Americas  (ed. by Rita de Grandis and Zilá Bernd). Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, Critical Studies vol. 13, 2000, 143-157.

Migration et études littéraires. Essai de théorisation d’un problème ancien aux contours nouveaux, in Literary Pluralities (ed. by Christl Verduyn). Peterborough: Broadview Press/Journal of Canadian Studies, 1998, 64-74 [Formerly published in Journal of Canadian Studies 31.3 (1996): 9-20].

La Traversée des langues américaines dans Sainte dérive des cochons de J.-C. Charles, in Poétiques et Imaginaires. Francopolyphonie littéraire des Amériques (edited by Pierre Laurette and Hans-George Ruprecht). Paris: L’Harmattan, 1995, 255-265.

L’Édition québécoise actuelle, portrait(s), in Littérature et institutions au Québec et en Belgique francophone (ed. by L. Gauvin and J.-M. Klinkenberg). Bruxelles and Montréal: Labor and Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 1985, 137-160.


Journal Articles

Le cinéma de Sembène Ousmane, une (double) contre-ethnographie. Éthnologies 31.2 (2009): 241-286.

Transnationalism, Multilingualism and Literature: the Challenge of Caribbean Studies. Review:  Literature and Arts of the Americas 40.1 (2007): 21-34.

Critique haïtienne de la créolité antillaise. Interculturel Francophonies 8 (2005): 93-120.

De la complexité caraïbéenne: notes sur une impasse théorique. Francofonia 49 (2005): 37-58.

Beyond Painting or Writing: Frankétienne’s Poetic Quest. Research in African Literatures 35.2 (2004): 141-156.

Sur un champ miné de bonnes intentions: Francophone Postcolonial Studies. Francophone Postcolonial Studies 1.2 (2003): 83-93.

Literatures in the Francophone Caribbean, in French and Francophone: The Challenge of Expanding Horizons (co-edited by F. Laroussi and C. Miller). Yale French Studies 103 (2003): 55-63.

Tragic Narratives: the Novels of Haitian Tradition. Callaloo 26.1 (2003): 203-218.

Des récits haïtiens au Québec (1937-1995). Repères pour une histoire, Neue Romania 18 (1997): 81-104.

De l’apport migratoire à la littérature québécoise. La Licorne 27 (1993): 391-400.


Encyclopedia and Dictionary Entries

Haitian Renaissance, in Encyclopedia of African Thought, edited by Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo. New York : Oxford UP, 2010, 423-426.

Tragédie, in Dictionnaire de la mort edited by Philippe di Folco. Paris : Éditions Larousse, 2010, 1040-1041.

Vaudou, in Dictionnaire de la mort edited by Philippe di Folco. Paris : Éditions Larousse, 2010, 1067-1068.

Zombi et mort-vivant (with Thomas Schlesser), in Dictionnaire de la mort edited by Philippe di Folco. Paris : Éditions Larousse, 2010, 1104-1105.

Depestre, René, in Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature vol. 1, Gaëtan Brulotte and John Phillips eds. New York and London: Routledge, 2006, 336-339.

Laferrière, Dany, in Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature vol. 2, Gaëtan Brulotte and John Phillips eds. New York and London: Routledge, 2006, 758-761.

Étienne, Franck, in France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, History vol. 2, Bill Marshall ed. Oxford and Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005, 418-420.

Viatte, Auguste, in France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, History vol. 3, Bill Marshall ed. Oxford and Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005, 1188-1189.

Maximilien Laroche, Le Miracle et la Métamorphose. Essai sur les littératures d’Haïti et du Québec, in Dictionnaire des œuvres littéraires du Québec V. 1970-1975, Maurice Lemire et al. eds. Montréal: Fides, 1987, 552-553.


Review Essays

Review of The Cambridge Introduction to Francophone Literature by Patrick Corcoran. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge UP, 2007. Symposium:A Quarterly Journal In Modern Literatures 64.1 (2010): 66- 68.

Actualités littéraires d’Afrique et de la Caraïbe, Nouvelles Études Francophones 23.1 (2008): 212-215.

Caché, in Syracuse International Film Festival 2007: Commemorative Program Book (Syracuse: Point of Contact, 2007), 38.

Wrestling Grounds, in Syracuse International Film Festival 2007: Commemorative Program Book (Syracuse: Point of Contact, 2007), 75.

Actualités littéraires de l’Afrique subsaharienne. Nouvelles Études Francophones 22.1 (2007): 189-190.

Actualités littéraires des Caraïbes. Nouvelles Études Francophones 22.1 (2007): 195-198.

Œuvres complètes de Jacques Roumain. Ed. Léon-François Hoffman. Research in African Literatures 36.3 (2005): 153-154.

[and Patricia Célérier] Actualités littéraires de l’Afrique et des Antilles. Nouvelles Études Francophones 20.1 (2005): 202-204.

Yambo Ouologuem. Nouvelles Études Francophones 19.2 (2004): 264-268.

[and Jean Levasseur]. Actualités littéraires de l’Afrique et des Antilles. Nouvelles Études Francophones 19.2 (2004): 240-242.

Actualités littéraires d’Haïti. Nouvelles Études Francophones 19.2 (2004): 243-247.