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Professor Pierre-Philippe Fraiture

Professor Pierre-Philippe FraitureProfessor

Email: p-p dot fraiture at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Research interests

  • My research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century French and Belgian literatures (especially colonial writing and discourses), francophone postcolonial literature and thought from Sub-Saharan Africa, African philosophy, French thought and race.
  • I am a member of the research network 'Concept Africa' (University of Helsinki)
  • My research has been supported by the AHRC and the British Academy (BA Mid-Career Fellowship).
  • I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.
  • I have supervised theses on the notion of the postcolonial ‘fable’ (in Chamoiseau's texts), on political Islamism during the Algerian civil war of the 1990s, on the Guinean novelist Tierno Monénembo, and the role of translation in postcolonial texts from the French Caribbean. I am currently supervising three theses (1) on francophone North African Literature and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; (2) on the links between censorship and decolonization in French, francophone and English-language playwrights from Europe and Africa; (3) on the Haitian intellectual Anténor Firmin (1850-1911).
  • I am keen to consider further MA and Ph.D supervisions in the areas of colonial and ethnographic discourses and representations and in African francophone literatures, thought, and philosophy.

Teaching and supervision

I am responsible for a range of second-year and final-year modules, including Colonial Memory, Representing Sub-Saharan Africa, Belgian Writing in French, and French Crime Fiction. I also teach the option Postcolonial Literatures in French and contribute to the teaching of translation in French Studies.

Administrative roles

  • I was Head of the department of French Studies from Oct 2014 to Sept 2017
  • On study leave in 2017-18

Publications

Single-authored books

(Co-)edited volumes

  • The Mudimbe Reader, co-edited with Daniel Orrells, Virginia University Press, 2016, 240pp. ISBN 9780813939117
  • 'Francophone African Philosophy and the Aftermath of the Empire', special issue of the International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 18, Numbers 2-3 (2015), pp.147-394, ISSN 1368-2679, Online ISSN: 1758-9142 http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=2909/
  • Presentation and scholarly edition of: Roland Lebel, L’Afrique occidentale dans la littérature française (depuis 1870)  [originaly published in 1925], Paris: coll. 'Autrement mêmes', 2014, xlii + 306 pp., ISBN 978-2-343-03177-4
  • Regional editor (for Belgium) of A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures: Continental Europe and Its Empires, edited by Prem Poddar, Rajeev S. Patke and Lars Jensen, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2008, 635 pp.
  • La Belgique entre deux siècles : laboratoire de la modernité, 1880-1914, co-edited with Nathalie Aubert and Patrick McGuinness, coll. ‘Romanticism and after in France', Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2007, 272 pp. ISBN 3-03910-528-0
  • From Art Nouveau to Surrealism. Belgian Modernity in the Making, co-edited with Nathalie Aubert and Patrick McGuinness, Oxford, Legenda, 2007, 210 pp. ISBN 13: 9781904350644

Chapters

  • ‘An Untimely Concept: Decolonization and the Works of Mudimbe, Mbembe and Nganang’, in Rhiannon Stevens and Axel Fleisch (eds), Doing Conceptual History in Africa, New York/Oxford: Berghahn, (2016), pp. 213-236.

  • ‘V.-Y. Mudimbe in Partibus’, in Maurice Amuri Mpala-Lutebele (ed.), Lubumbashi, cent ans d’histoire, Paris, Éditions L’Harmattan (2013), pp. 307-319.
  • 'Paul Hazoumé et Valentin Yves Mudimbe: de la pratique anthropologique à sa méta-critique', in Alain-Michel Boyer, Littérature et ethnographie, 'Horizons comparatistes' - Université de Nantes (Nantes: Editions Nouvelles Cécile Defaut, 2011), pp. 185-204.

  • ‘V.Y. Mudimbe’s “Long Nineteenth Century” ’, in Charles Forsdick and David Murphy, Postcolonial Thought in the French-Speaking World, ‘Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines’, 4 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009), pp. 136-146

  • ‘Entre magie et historicité: Un Soir, un train d’André Delvaux’, in Lise Toft & Lisbeth Verstraete-Hansen, Une Francophonie plurielle. Langues, idées et cultures en mouvement, ‘Études Romanes’, 59 (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2009), pp. 155-167

  • ‘Belgique-Congo: dialogues et bricolages intertextuels’, in Désiré K. Wa Kabwe-Segatti & Pierre Halen (eds), Du Nègre Bambara au négropolitain. Les literatures africaines en contexte transculturel (Metz: Presses de l’Université Paul Verlaine-Metz, 2008), pp. 65-81

  • Maltissage et symbolisme: La Congolie d'Edmond Picard, laboratoire d'une modernité ambiguë’, in Nathalie Aubert and Pierre-Philippe Fraiture (eds.), La Belgique entre deux siècles : laboratoire de la modernité, 1880-1914, Oxford/Bern, Peter Lang, 2007, pp. 33-50.
  • 'Belgian 'Negro Fiction: Modernist Itinerary of a Didactic Genre', in Nathalie Aubert and Pierre-Philippe Fraiture (eds.), From Art Nouveau to Surrealism, Oxford, Legenda, 2007, pp. 41-56.
  • ‘De l’influence du Goncourt sur le corpus colonial: le cas Batouala’, in Kate Ashley (ed.), Prix Goncourt, 1903-2003: essais critiques, coll. ‘Modern French Identitities’, 23, Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2004, pp. 95-109.
  • ‘Henri Cornélus ou les rêveries didactiques d’un nouvelliste colonial’, in Vincent Engel & René Godenne (eds.), Nouvelles et nouvellistes belges. Essai d’encyclopédie critique, Louvain: Academia-Bruylant, 2003, pp. 309-25.
  • ‘Littératures francophones de Belgique: Altérité et (anti)colonialisme’, in Christine O’Dowd-Smyth (ed.), Littératures francophones: la problématique de l’altérité, Waterford, WIT School of Humanities Publications, 2001, pp. 177-189.
  • ‘L’enseignement de la littérature au Québec et en Belgique francophone: deux stratégies divergentes’, in Gabriella Adamo (ed.), L’Identità negata. Spazio reale e spazio immaginario nel Québec, Messina: Andrea Lippolis Editore, 1999, pp. 115-124.
  • ‘Parcours historique de la littérature française de Belgique à travers les images et les textes d’une exposition: Les Irréguliers du langage’, in M.G. Adamo, P.P. Fraiture, D. Iaria and R. Corona (eds), Les Irréguliers du langage ou ‘Alercchino senza Mantello’: Fantasmi della ‘Belgité’, Quaderni dei Nuovi Annali della Facoltá di Magistero dell’Universitá di Messina, 13-14, Roma: Casa Editrice Herder, 1996, pp. 648-655.

Articles

  • Statues also die', Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy - Revue de la philosophie française et de langue française, Vol XXIV, No 1 (2016), pp. 45-67.

  • 'African philosophy and Francophone cultures: Chronological perspectives', International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 18, Numbers 2-3 (2015), pp. 147-170
  • 'Les Statues meurent aussi: The death and after-death of African art', Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 18, Numbers 2-3 (2015), pp. 191-214
  • 'V.Y. Mudimbe : ordre du discours et émancipation du sujet africain', Desgénérations, 23 ('Prévoir avec l'Afrique, agir dans le monde qui vient', edited by Arnaud Zohou), June 2015
  • 'VY Mudimbe: from the “Nation” to the “Global” - “Who is the Master?”’, Journal of Historical Sociology, 27 (3), 2014, pp.324-342, 2014
  • 'Mudimbe's Homo Absconditus: Towards a Resurrection of the Human', International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 15, Numbers 3-4, (2013) , pp. 455-475
  • 'Mudimbe's Fetish of the West and Epistemological Utopianism', French Studies, 63 (3) (2009), pp. 308-322
  • ‘Modernity and the Belgian Congo’, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 46 (1)(2009), pp. 43-57
  • ‘Mytho-bricolage et récit ethnographique chez Henri Drum’, Congo-Meuse, 7 (2008), pp. 109-129
  • Batouala, véritable roman d’un faux ethnographe ?’, Francofonía, 14 (2005), 23-37
  • ‘Joseph Esser, un écrivain colonial de la diversalité’, Congo-Meuse, 4-5, 2002, pp. 120-43
  • ‘Tradition et subversion dans l’œuvre coloniale de George Duncan’, Revue Générale, 5, 2000, pp. 59-68
  • ‘Les Contes congolais d’Henri Cornélus’, A.S.C.A.L.F. Yearbook, 4, 2000, pp. 123-35
  • ‘La Légende de Thyl Ulenspiegel et le Guépard: bibles de deux unifications?’, in Josette Gousseau (ed.) Sicilia e Belgio: Specularitá e Interculturalitá, Annali della Facoltá di Lettere dell’Universitá di Palermo, Studi e Ricerche, 21, 1995, pp.155-61

Recent papers

  • Cornell University (June 2015), ‘Statues Also Die: Ethnophilosophy and African Art(s)’
  • University of Edinburgh (May 2015), 'Belgium's "Colonial Library: Past and Present Perspectives'
  • University of Oxford (December 2014), 'Les Statues meurent aussi: The Death and After-Death of African Art'
  • University of Uppsala (June 2013), 'Comparative Conceptual History and Global Translations' [Research Network ‘ConceptAfrica’]
  • University of Helsinki (May 2011), 'Comparative Conceptual History and Global Translations' [Research Network ‘ConceptAfrica’] - ongoing project on decolonisation and African thought (Mudimbe-Mbembe-Nganang)
  • University of Lubumbashi, DRC, (September 2010), 'Lubumbashi, cent ans d’histoire : littérature, cultures urbaines, débats intellectuels', ‘V.Y. Mudimbe in partibus’

Dissemination of research - conferences/seminars

‘La Belgique entre deux siècles: laboratoire de la modernité (1880-1914)’, Maison Française, Oxford January 2004, funded by the British Academy

Professional associations

  • I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (SFPS) and the Association Pour l'Etude des Littératures Africaines (APELA).
  • I am joint Editor of Études Littéraires Africaine (ELA).

Qualifications

BA, MA, Diplôme d'aptitude pédagogique (Brussels), PhD (Nottingham)

Office Hours

I am on study leave this academic year but will be contactable by email.

 


Teaching

Undergraduate modules

FR224 Postcolonial Literatures in French
FR248 Colonial Memory
FR249 Representing Sub-Saharan Africa
FR329 Slavery and After
FR405 French Crime Fiction
FR419 Belgian Writing in French


Undisciplined Africanism

Cover Mudimbe Reader

 Book cover

Lebel Afrique occidentale

Romanticism and after in France Volume 12

From Art Nouveau to Surrealism 

La Mesure de lautre