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Modern Languages & Cultures Faculty — Jean Ouédraogo

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Dr. Jean Ouédraogo teaches courses at all levels of the French curriculum including African and Caribbean Francophone literatures and cultures. With research interests encompassing African Cinema, literary criticism and translation, he is currently writing on Ahmadou Kourouma and planning a critical anthology of the literature of Burkina Faso.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Romance Languages, The University of Georgia, Athens, June 1997.
  • Graduate Certificate in Translation (English>French), Georgia State University, Atlanta, June 1993.
  • M.A. in French, The University of Georgia, Athens, June 1992.
  • Maitrise es Lettres d'Anglais, Universite de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, July 1989.
  • Licence es Lettres d'Anglais, Universite de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, June 1988.

Professional Background

  • Chair, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literature, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2006–present.
  • Acting Chair, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literature, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2005–2006.
  • Full professor since 2008.
  • Associate professor, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2004–2008
  • Assistant professor, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2000–2004.
  • Assistant professor, Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV, 1998–2000.
  • Full-time French instructor, The University of Georgia, Athens, 1997–1998.

Teaching and Research Areas

  • French language.
  • Francophone African and Caribbean literatures and cultures.
  • Francophone African and Caribbean cinemas.
  • Interdisciplinary issues across La Francophonie and literary translation.

Scholarly Publications

Dr. Jean Ouédraogo has authored two books, edited two books, and co-edited one book. His writings have been published by some of the most prestigious professional journals in his discipline. His work has international resonance and has appeared in Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Switzerland, and the United States.

Books:

  • Images et Mirages des Migrations dans les littératures et cinémas d'Afrique francophone. (Co-editor with Françoise Naudillon) Montréal: Mémoire d'encrier, 2011. 216 p.
  • Figuration et mémoire dans les Cinémas africains (Ed.) Paris: Editions L’Harmattan, 2010. 260 p.
  • L’Imaginaire d’Ahmadou Kourouma: Contours et enjeux d’une esthétique. (Ed.) Paris: Editions Karthala, 2010.  278 p.
  • Cinéma et Littérature du Burkina Faso. De la Singularité à l’Universalité. Montréal: Éditions CIDIHCA, 2005; Ouagadougou: Éditions Sankofa & Gurli, 2005.  328 p.
  • Maryse Condé et Ahmadou Kourouma: Griots de l’indicible. Bern: Peter Lang, 2004. 180 p.


Book Chapters:

  • “Voyance et sorcellerie chez Ahmadou Kourouma: un trompe-l’œil?” in Dire le  social dans le roman francophone contemporain (Eds.) Justin K. Bisanswa et Kasereka Kavwahirehi. Paris: Honoré Champion Éditeur, 2011. pp. 235-250.
  • "Paweogo l’Emigrant et Le Retour au village: baliseurs de l’expérience migrante burkinabè" in Images et Mirages des Migrations dans les littératures et les cinémas d'Afrique francophone. (Eds.) Françoise Naudillon et Jean Ouédraogo. Montréal: Mémoire d'encrier, 2011. pp. 31-56.
  • "Magie et démagogie : de l’instrumentalisation de la divination dans l’œuvre de Kourouma." in L’Imaginaire d’Ahmadou Kourouma: Contours et enjeux d’une esthétique. (Ed.) Jean Ouédraogo. Paris: Karthala, 2010. pp.193-223.
  • "Introduction." L’Imaginaire d’Ahmadou Kourouma: Contours et enjeux d’une esthétique. (Ed.) Jean Ouédraogo. Paris: Karthala, 2010. pp. 7-15.
  • "Guelwaar ou la tradition didactique chez Ousmane Sembène." in Figuration et mémoire dans les Cinémas africains. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2010. pp. 105-129.
  • "Introduction." in Figuration et mémoire dans les Cinémas africains. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2010. pp. 9-16.
  • “Un fleuve métis: Entretien avec Mama Keita.” in L’Afrique fait son cinéma: Regards et perspectives sur le cinéma africain francophone. (Eds.) Françoise Naudillon, Janusz Przychodzen et Sathya Rao. Montréal: Mémoire d’Encrier, 2006. pp. 175-190.
  • “Le jeu de l’ici et de l’ailleurs: discours sur la condition postcoloniale dans l’œuvre romanesque de Kourouma.” in Identités postcoloniales et discours dans les cultures francophones (Ed.) Marie-Ange Somdah.  Paris: L’Harmattan, 2003. pp.65-81.
  • "Toponymie thématique et repères topographiques du roman burkinabè." in Ecritures du Burkina Faso (Ed.) Marie-Ange Somdah. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2003. pp.99-126.

Articles and Book Reviews:

  • "Entretien avec Ben Diogaye Beye." The French Review (special issue on Cinemas) 79:6 (May 2006), 1298--1308.
  • "Entretien avec Jean-Marc Massie." The French Review (special issue on Quebec) 78:6 (May 2005), 1216-1226.
  • "Ahmadou Kourouma and the Ivorian Crisis." Research in African Literatures 35:3 (Fall 2004), 1-5.
  • "Baliseurs du conte. Portraits de conteurs." Spirale Magazine 192 (Septembre-Octobre 2003): 34-35. (Quebec)
  • "L'espace scriptural chez Kourouma ou la tragicomédie du roman," in Ahmadou Kourouma, écrivain polyvalent, a special issue of Présence francophone, No. 59 (2002): 69-91.
  • Nine (9) entries on African authors in the Routledge Encyclopedia of African Literature (winter 2002/2003).
  • "Le vrai et l'ivraie dans Le diseur de vérité d'Ahmadou Kourouma." L'Annuaire théâtral: Revue Québécoise d'études théâtrales, 31:1 (May 2002), 45-64.
  • "Compte rendu de En attendant le vote des bêtes sauvages." Etudes Francophones XV:2 (2000): 255-260.
  • "Entretien avec Ahmadou Kourouma." The French Review 74:4 (March 2001): 772-785.
  • "Interview with Ahmadou Kourouma." Callaloo 24:3 (Fall 2000):1338-1348.
  • "Rescuing the Human in Poller's Humanism." The American Translator Association Chronicle, June 1999, pp. 44-47.
  • "Translating the politically and culturally sensitive." The American Translator Association Chronicle, May 1998, pp.27-32.
  • "Dissimulation et revelation dans le théâtre de Paul Scarron." Cahiers du Dix-septième siecle,VII, 1 (1997): 11-22.
  • "Défis de traduction et délits d'interprète dans deux romans africains." Etudes Francophones XI, 1 (1996): 53-69.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Activities, 2011.
  • One of three featured scholars, SUNY Plattsburgh Celebration of Scholarship. February 18, 2011.
  • Chancellor's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities nominee, 2010.
  • President and Executive Director of the Program for African Growth through Education (PAGE, Inc.), 2010 - present.
  • Vice president of the Pays du Nord Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) since 2002.
  • Past president (2008-2009) and Vice president (2007-2008) of the African Literature Association's Francophone Caucus.
  • Nominee for the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in Scholarship (2007).
  • Vice President of the Montreal-based Vues d'Afrique film festival Board of directors.
  • UUP Joint Labor-Management Campus Grant (Fall 2005) to train SUNY (Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Delhi) French and Spanish faculty members in ACTFL OPI. Execution April 24-27, 2006. Value $ 24,000.
  • Chancellor's Award for Internationalization (Fall 2005) for study abroad in Martinique (Spring 2006). Value $ 8,000.
  • NEH Summer Institute (2005) to study African Cinema in Dakar, Senegal. June 8-July 6, 2005. Value $ 3,000.
  • Presidential Research Award (Summer 2005) to support research in African Cinema and Literatures activities. Value $ 3,600.
  • Nuala Drescher Award, SUNY-wide and UUP sponsored, this sabbatical leave (Spring 2003) allowed me to conduct interviews with Burkinabe filmmakers and writers in Ouagadougou, Boston, and Montreal.
  • AATF Quebec Summer Research Scholarship, awarded by the American Association of Teachers of French and the Quebec government (2001).
  • Blue Key Honor Society, University of Georgia, 1997.
  • Life Member of Pi Delta Phi Société d'Honneur Française. Since May 1991.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Jean Ouédraogo holds membership in:

  • American Association of Teachers of French.
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • African Literature Association.
  • Conseil International d'Études Francophones.
  • New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.
  • New York African Studies Association.

He is an Associate member of the Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Québec Studies.

Contact Jean Ouedraogo

Office: Champlain Valley Hall 315
Phone: (518) 564-3833
Email: jean.ouedraogo@plattsburgh.edu