Julie-Françoise Tolliver

Project Title

Burning History: Fire Cultures in North American Literature and Cinema

Resident Associate, 2022–23

Associate Professor of English; Assistant Director for Grants and Fellowships of the Arts and Humanities Forum; Senior Faculty Fellow for Arts and Humanities Research and Creative Activities in the Center for Faculty Excellence, University of Oklahoma

Julie-Françoise Tolliver is associate professor in English at the University of Oklahoma; she is also assistant director for grants and fellowships of the Arts and Humanities Forum and senior faculty fellow for arts and humanities research and creative activities in the Center for Faculty Excellence. Her first book, The Quebec Connection: A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures (University of Virginia Press, 2020), was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (20172018) and is forthcoming as a freely available eBook through the NEH Fellowship's Open Book Program. It traces francophone literary connections between Quebec, the Caribbean, and Africa during the era of the independences. Tolliver has also coedited a special issue on Cold War Black cultural solidarities for the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Her articles have appeared in Contemporary French Civilization, International Journal of Francophone Studies, Women in French Studies, the American Review of Canadian Studies, and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Her current project examines the representation of fire in North American literature and cinema.

Selected Publications

The Quebec Connection

  • Tolliver, Julie-Françoise. “Around the Fire: Contemporary Québécois cinema and the Endangered Forest.” In Quebec Cinema in the 21st Century: Transcending the National, edited by Michael Gott, and Thibaut Schilt. Forthcoming.
  • Tolliver, Julie-Françoise. “Out of this World: The Lunar Imaginaries of Cinéma-monde.” Contemporary French Civilization 47, no. 1 (2022).
  • Tolliver, Julie-Françoise. “‘Griffus ou non griffus’: Naming, Baptism, and Global Racialized Capitalism in Césaire’s La tragédie du roi Christophe.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing (March 2022).
  • Tolliver, Julie-Françoise. The Quebec Connection: A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020.
  • Tolliver, Julie-Françoise. “Writing, Immigration, and Sex in Dany Laferrière and Kim Thúy.” American Review of Canadian Studies 50, no. 2 (2020): 151-64.
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