Claire Ducournau


Claire Ducournau is Lecturer in the department of Literature at the University Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3, and member of the RIRRA21, an interdisciplinary research centre. Her first book, La Fabrique des classiques africains. Écrivains d’Afrique subsaharienne francophone (1960-2012), published in 2017 with the CNRS editions, explores the mechanisms by which writers from francophone sub-Saharan Africa attain literary recognition. At the crossroads of literary studies and sociology, her research considers francophone African writing in the context of transnational literary production and reception. She has published in the fields of African literary studies, sociology of literature, publishing history, postcolonial criticism, and cultural studies. She has co-edited, with the collective “Write Back”, Postcolonial studies: modes d’emploi (2013), and, with Gisèle Sapiro and George Steinmetz, “Représenter la colonisation”, a special issue of Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales (2010). Her papers have appeared in journals including Research in African Literatures, Yale French Studies, Compar(a)ison. An International Journal of Comparative Literature, Cahiers d’études africaines, Études littéraires africaines, Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, COnTEXTES. Revue de sociologie de la littérature. She is currently working, with Ruth Bush, on a project entitled « Popular print and reading cultures in francophone Africa » funded by the AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (2017-2018). This project turns to post-1950 magazines (Bingo, Awa : la revue de la femme noire, and La Vie africaine) and investigates their significance for ideas about reading and writing in francophone Africa.

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