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Isaac Joslin

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Asst Professor, French - Contemporary Francophone Literature and Culture
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
Biography: 

Isaac Joslin grew up speaking French, first in Besançon, France, and later in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. With a background in French and Continental philosophy he earned his PhD in 2010 from the university of Minnesota, focusing on colonial and postcolonial francophone African literatures, cinemas, and cultures. He has travelled for research to Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Rwanda, and Burundi, and has taught a variety of courses on Francophone literatures and cultures. Currently Assistant Professor of French at Arizona State University, his research interests include Francophone African literatures and cinemas, aesthetics and theories of representation, theories of cultural hybridity, gender studies, youth and childhood studies, diaspora studies, and pedagogical approaches for teaching African literatures and cultures. He has published scholarly articles in The International Journal of Francophone StudiesContemporary French and Francophone StudiesAfrican Literature TodayThe French Review,Oeuvres et CritiquesNouvelles Études Francophones, and The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, and his current research project is a monograph entitled Future Tense: Rethinking development discourse through African Humanities.

Aside from his professional pursuits, teaching and researching in the areas of Francophone and African Studies, he enjoys travelling to different parts of the world, speaking French with his family, dabbling in creative writing and piano playing, as well as enjoying the outdoors.

Education: 
  • PhD in French from the University of Minnesota 2010
  • MA in French from Mississippi State University 2003
  • BA in Philosophy from Mississippi State University 2001
Research Interests: 
  • Francophone African literatures and cinemas, aesthetics and theories of representation, theories of cultural hybridity, gender studies, youth and childhood studies, diaspora studies, and pedagogical approaches for teaching African literatures and cultures.
Publications: 

“Aesthetics and Intertexts of Resistance and Liberation in the African Diaspora: Hip-hop and Créolité.” Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics. (forthcoming 2019)

“Futurité en francosphère: de la fiction à la science-fiction.” Oeuvres & Critiques (forthcoming 2019).

“La poétique de Sony Labou Tansi: pour une écocritique équatoriale.” Nouvelles Études Francophones 33:1 (May 2018), 210-225.

“The New Francophonie: Teaching French from an African-Centered Perspective” The French Review 88:4 (May 2015), 127-139.

 Le mariage de l’Afrique avec Molière a été un échec total , ”Entretien avec Boubacar Boris Diop.  Africultures , (5 novembre 2014) article numéro 12521.

“L’écriture de Ken Bugul : pour un ‘genre’ de roman cinématographique africain,” Nouvelles Études Francophones 28:1 (printemps 2014), 162-175.

“Teaching about Africa through literature, film, and music,” African Literature Today Vol. 29 (November 2011), 101-110.

“Postcolonial Disruptions: Reading the Baroque in Calixthe Beyala’s Tu t’appelleras Tanga,” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: Sites 14:5 (December 2010), 485-93.

“Baroque practices in postcolonial African literature and theory: from Achille Mbembe’s On the Postcolony,” International Journal of Francophone Studies 12:4 (December 2009), 639-54.

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 322Fre Cultural Masterpieces II
SLC 425Colonialism to Climate Change
SLC 598Special Topics
SLC 792Research
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 322Fre Cultural Masterpieces II
SLC 494Special Topics
FRE 494Special Topics
SLC 598Special Topics
FRE 598Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 202Literary & Cultural Theory
FRE 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 202Literary & Cultural Theory
FRE 494Special Topics
FRE 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 321Fre Cultural Masterpieces I
FRE 322Fre Cultural Masterpieces II
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 194Special Topics
FRE 194Special Topics
AFR 194Special Topics
FRE 494Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 311Oral and Written Expression I
FRE 321French Literature