Obed Nkunzimana


Humanities and Languages

Hazen Hall 106

Saint John

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Dr Obed Nkunzimana is a Professor of French, Francophone Literatures, Cinemas and Cultures. He studied and taught at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, where he received an academic excellence bursary as a PhD Student. He has presented and /or chaired sessions around the world- in Africa, Europe, United States, as well as in Japan, Israel and in the French Caribbean Islands. He authored many chapters in collective books and several articles in well known international, Scholarly Journals such as Présence francophone, Études littéraires, American Journal of Quebec Studies, Année Francophone Internationale, Africa Today, Journal of African Cinemas and Alternative francophone. Pour une francophonie en mode mineur.

His publications on Cinema and Literature are mainly inspired by the postulates of comparative Literature, Postcolonial and Postmodern Theories as well as the premises of Orality (Oral Literature).

His major publication is Nkunzimana et al. (eds), L’Afrique noire dans les imaginaires antillais, Karthala, Paris, 2011, 252 p. The book tackles the construction and multidimensional evolution of our perspective on the Other/Otherness. Particularly the question of the mutual and multifaceted gaze between Africa and its Caribbean diasporas in literature. It’s a substantial contribution to the Francophone world and comparative studies. This important project launched in 2009, after an inspiring debate on this issue within a session I proposed and chaired in Cayenne, French Guyana, was co-directed with two invited professors: Dr Marie-Christine Rochmann, University of Montpellier III, France, and Dr Françoise Naudillon, Concordia University, both authors of numerous essays on Francophone Literatures. The book includes contributions by Scholars from Canada, Europe and United States. The France-based publisher has recently selected it for conversion into ebook format, which shows its quality and intellectual impact.

Professor Nkunzimana is currently working on a long-term project, an essay on the ‘epic’ in The Francophone Caribbean novel.