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Jean Jonassaint, Assistant Professor, Romance Studies; French, and Asian and African Languages and Literature; French

Jean Jonassaint

Please note: Jean has left the "Duke International" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  07 Languages Building
Office Phone:  919-660-3129
Email Address: send me a message

Office Hours:

Leave: 2004-2005

PhD in French Studies,Université de Montréal1990
MA Literary Studies,Université du Québec à Montréal1981

Research Interests:

Francophone novels and cinemas, literatures of the Caribbean, history and sociology of literature, literary theory, Postnational Literature, transnational writers

Areas of Interest:

Caribbean Studies
Francophone Studies
African Studies
Canadian Studies
European Studies


Africa • Canada • Europe • Francophone • Literature • Caribbean • Literary theory • Postnational

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Mariana F. Past  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. De la complexité caraïbéenne: notes sur une impasse théorique, in À l'arpenteur inspiré. Mélanges offerts au professeur Jean Bernabé, edited by R. Confiant and R. Damoiseau (Accepted, 2005), Matoury (Guyane Française) & Paris, Ibis Rouge (forthcoming.)  [author's comments]
  2. Beyond Painting or Writing: Frankétienne’s Poetic Quest, Research in African Literatures, vol. 35 no. 2 (2004), pp. 141-156, Indiana University Press [html]  [abs]
  3. De Jonassaint, avec amour (2004) (Laval (Québec), Trois.) [article.php3]  [abs]
  4. Sur un champ miné de bonnes intentions: Francophone Postcolonial Studies, Francophone Postcolonial Studies, vol. 1 no. 2 (Fall, 2003), pp. 83-93, Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies  [abs] [author's comments]
  5. Tragic Narratives. The Novels of Haitian Tradition, Callaloo, vol. 26 no. 1 (Spring, 2003), pp. 203-218, Johns Hopkins University Press [pdf]  [abs] [author's comments]

Jean Jonassaint received his PhD from the Université de Montréal in 1990. Before coming to Duke in 1996, he was the editor of the intercultural and interdisciplinary French-Canadian journal Dérives (1975-1988), a cultural adviser of the City of Montréal (1988-1995) and taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has published La Déchirure du (corps)texte et autres brèches (1984), Le Pouvoir des mots, les maux du pouvoir: des romanciers hatiens de l’exil (1986), Des romans de tradition haïtienne: sur un récit tragique (2002), De Jonassaint, avec amour (2004), as well as many articles and special issues on Francophone literatures. His current research interests include Francophone novels and cinemas, literatures of the Caribbean, history and sociology of literature, literary theory, postnational literature and transnational writers.