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Valérie
Orlando

French literature - USA

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Academic discipline(s)

  • Littérature

Research topics

PROJECT

Midnight Novelists, Experimental Narratives, and the Influence of the French New Novel on Authors of the Maghreb: 1950-to the New Millennium.

This project establishes a link between authors using experimental, avant-garde styles, notably those of the French New Novel in France, and Maghrebi authors (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) writing at the dawn of decolonization into the postcolonial moment. The work spans 1950 to the present and will contribute to understanding the chronology of writing of French expression from the Maghreb. It establishes thematic connections from canonical authors (Assia Djebar, Rachid Boudjedra, Kateb Yacine) to new authors (Kamel Daoud, Salim Bachi, Samir Toumi, Maïssa Bey), allowing us to understand to what extent experimental writers of the 1950s-60s carried through to the 1970s, 80s and 90s, eventually shaping the thematic and stylistic aspects of the literature of the contemporary Maghreb.

Activities / Resume

BIOGRAPHY

Valérie K. Orlando is Professor of French & Francophone Literatures in the Department of French & Italian at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of six books: The Algerian New Novel: The Poetics of a Modern Nation, 1950-1979 (University of Virginia Press, 2017), New African Cinema (Rutger’s University Press, 2017), Screening Morocco: Contemporary Film in a Changing Society (Ohio UP, 2011), Francophone Voices of the ‘New Morocco’ in Film and Print: (Re)presenting a Society in Transition (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009), Of Suffocated Hearts and Tortured Souls: Seeking Subjecthood Through Madness in Francophone Women’s Writing of Africa and the Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2003) and Nomadic Voices of Exile: Feminine Identity in Francophone Literature of the Maghreb, (Ohio University Press, 1999). She published with Sandra M. Cypess the co-edited volume, Reimaging the Caribbean: Conversations among the Creole, English, French and Spanish Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2014) and with Pamela Pears, Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness, and Exile (Lexington Books, 2018). She has written numerous articles on Francophone writing from the African diaspora, African Cinema, and French literature and culture. She is also Series Editor for "After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France", Lexington Books 
 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

BOOKS (Monographs)

  • The Algerian New Novel: The Poetics of a Modern Nation, 1950-1979 (University of Virginia Press, 2017; pp. 360, preface, introduction, 8 chapters, afterword, bibliography, works cited). ISBN: 978-0813939629
  • New African Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2017; pp. 175, introduction, 2 chapters, further reading, works cited, filmography, index) ISBN: 978-0-8135-7956-6
  • Screening Morocco: Contemporary Film in a Changing Society (Ohio University Press, 2011; pp. 190, preface, introduction, 5 chapters, bibliography, filmography, index). ISBN: 978-0896802810
  • Francophone Voices of the ‘New Morocco’ in Film and Print: (Re)presenting a Society in Transition, (Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2009; pp. 262, preface, introduction, 7 chapters, bibliography, filmography, index). ISBN: 978-0230616318
  • Of Suffocated Hearts and Tortured Souls: Seeking Subjecthood Through Madness in Francophone Women’s Writing of Africa and the Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2003; pp.197, 7 chapters, bibliography, index). ISBN: 978-0739105627
  • Nomadic Voices of Exile: Feminine Identity in Francophone Literature of the Maghreb (Ohio University Press, 1999; pp. 254, five chapters, bibliography, index). ISBN: 978-0821412626

EDITED VOLUMES

  • Re-Imagining the Caribbean: Conversations among the Creole, French, Spanish and English Caribbean. Co-edited with Sandra M. Cypess (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014; pp.189, 8 chapters, bibliography, index, glossary). ISBN: 978-0739194195
  • Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness and Exile. Eds. Valérie K. Orlando and Pamela Pears (Lexington Books, 2018; pp. 254, 13 chapters, bibliography, index) ISBN: 978-1-4985-6703-9

TRANSLATIONS

  • Open Correspondence: An Epistolary Dialogue. Co-translation Safoi Babana-Hampton, Valérie K. Orlando and Mary Vogl of Correspondance ouverte (Rabat, Morocco: Marsam Editions, 2005), (University of New Orleans Press, 2010; pp. 175, bibliography, authors’ notes and introduction).

SPECIAL EDITED COLLECTIONS

  • “The Exiled, the Foreigner, and the Other in the Works of Nabile Farès,” Expressions maghrébines, co-edited with Fazia Aitel. (Vol 17(2) winter, 2018).
  • The Confrontation of History and Memory in Francophone Literature of North Africa, International Journal of Francophone Studies (Vol. 6 (2), 2003).

RECENT PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

  • « L’Altérité, l’Algérianité et le devenir en errance : James Baldwin et Nabile Farès à la recherche d’‘un nouveau monde’ », Expressions maghrébines, (Vol 17(2) winter 2018: 119-139).
  • “Challenging the Algerian Master Narrative in Samir Toumi’s L’Effacement (2016): A Counter-Narrative for a Mujahidin Haunting”, The Journal of North African Studies (January 2018: 2-20). DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2018.1428799 link
  • “‘Crier dans le désert’: Abdellatif Laâbi’s Epistolary Reflections on the Roll of the Moroccan Intellectual in Un Autre Maroc,” special edition, Les vies multiples d’Abdellatif Laâbi. Expressions maghrébines, (Vol.15(2), Winter 2016: 85-103).
  • “The Transnational Turn in African Literature of French Expression: Imagining Other Utopic Spaces in the Globalized Age.” Humanities 5(30) Published 5-18-2016. Special Issue: "Transcultural Literary Studies: Politics, Theory, and Literary Analysis." Ed. Bernd Fischer, DOI:10.3390/h5020030 Abstract ; HTML Version; PDF Version