Bio

Dr. Bojana Coulibaly is a College Fellow at the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Prior to joining Harvard, she was a Fulbright recipient and a Teaching and Research Fellow in Comparative Literature at Gaston Berger University in Senegal. 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. Her current research focuses on Wolof literature 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  written and published in the Roman script in the 20th and 21st centuries. It examines, through a comparative and diachronic perspective, how Wolof literature represents a new national 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.