Bojana Coulibaly

Bojana Coulibaly

College Fellow - African and African American Studies
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Dr. Bojana Coulibaly is a College Fellow at the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, she was a Fulbright recipient and a teaching and research scholar in Comparative Literature at Gaston Berger University in Senegal between 2017 and 2019. She has taught Comparative Literature and African Literary and Cultural Studies in the United States, France and Senegal and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Orleans-Tours. She specializes in postcolonial, genre, and trauma theory, with an emphasis on contemporary African literature and film. Her current research focuses on Wolof literature and film as a form of “ideopraxis” in the Senegalese cultural liberation struggle. Her book project, A History of Wolof Prose and Drama is a study of the development of Wolof literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. It examines, through a comparative and diachronic perspective, how Wolof literature written and published in the Latin script, represents a new national and transnational literary tradition through a revisiting of the use of the metropolitan language, i.e. French, as the sole medium of the Senegalese national literature. It looks at the evolution from the early literature of assimilation published in French to the birth of a new literary democratized and culturally liberated tradition since the nineteen-seventies. This project inscribes itself in a larger debate on African modernity and on the challenges brought forward against the civilizing mission of the European colonial project of modernization.




L’invention du quotidien dans les récits brefs ouest-africains d’expression anglaise, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2017

Book Chapters

“(Re)defining the Self Through Trauma in African Postcolonial Short Fiction” in The Critical Imagination in African Literature, Syracuse University Press, 2015 (pp. 94-109)

“Reclamation of the Arena: Traditional Wrestling in West Africa,” in Writing Through the Visual and Virtual: Inscribing Language, Literature, and Culture in Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, Ed. Ousseina Alidou and Renée Larrier. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015 (pp. 149-160)

Refereed Journal Articles

“Senegalese Theater Unabashed: Wolof Drama and Cultural Liberation” in Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics 39: 2019 (pp. 123-148)

“Haunting of the Return in Boubacar Boris Diop’s Thiaroye terre rouge and Murambi” in La Revue du Groupe d’Etudes Linguistiques et Littéraires, Saint Louis: Gaston Berger University Press, 2014 (pp. 27-47)

Manuscripts in progress

A History of Wolof Prose and Drama

Performance of Everyday Life in West African Postcolonial Short Fiction

Our Africa (translation from Wolof of Bokk Afrig, a play by Cheik Aliou Ndao)

“Cinema in Contemporary Africa and the African Diaspora: A Transnational Cultural Movement”

“African Literature and the Rise of Censorship”

COURSES TAUGHT (past and present):

  • African Voices for Freedom, Citizenship and Social Justice
  • Writing Africa Today
  • African Literature and the Poetics of Memory
  • Literature, Society and Politics in Africa
  • Introduction to African Literature and Film
  • Seminar in Literary Theory
  • The Art of the Ordinary: 20th and 21st Centuries World Short Fiction
  • Theories of Trauma, African Contemporary Violence and Trauma Narratives
  • African Short Fiction
  • Political Thought in African Literature



Contact Information

Department of African and African American Studies
Barker Center, #249
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-1209
Office Hours: By appointment