Jimia Boutouba, Ph.D.
Department: Modern Languages
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Kenna 225-E
|Biographical Information |
Jimia Boutouba is an assistant professor of French and
Francophone Studies, specializing in 20th and 21st
century French & Francophone literature and cinema, and in 19th
century colonial discourse. She holds a
BA and an MA in English from the University of Paris X, France, a certificate
in Arabic from the Sorbonne University, and a Ph.D. in French from the
University of Southern California. Prior to coming to SCU, she taught at CCSU
and at Swarthmore College where she headed the Francophone Studies Program for
She has had extensive teaching training and has taught a
variety of courses including beginner and advanced language classes,
conversation and translation, Postcolonial Francophone literature and cinema,
including North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, 20th/21st
century French literature, French cultural studies as they relate to the
questions of colonialism, immigration and nationalism, the representation of
gender and race in contemporary French films, and French colonial literature.
She is committed to working across disciplinary and national
boundaries and is always eager to share with students her interest in
interdisciplinary approaches traversing the fields of literature, cinema,
gender studies, subaltern studies as well as history. Her scholarly work has
been informed by her multicultural background, her long-standing interests in
minor and transnational discourses and in the ways historical, cultural and
fictional (literary) categories intersect. She has written articles both in
English and French, which have been published in France, England and the United
|Courses Taught |
FR 101: Advanced French II: Introduction to Literary Analysis
FR 110: Introduction to French Culture and Civilization
FR 180: Seminar: The Culture and Literature of the Maghreb
She has been the recipient of the Award for Excellence in
Teaching (USC), the Ahmanson Foundation Fellowship, the Josephine De Karman
Fellowship (USC), and the Tournées Film
Festival Grant from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
|Research Interests |
- Nineteenth century French colonial discourses: the
representation of the colonial Other.
- Postcolonial cultures: literature and cinema in The Maghreb,
Africa and the Caribbean
- Postcolonial France: Minority discourses,
National identity, the representation of the social Other (immigrants and their
descendants) in modern French cinema,
- Gender Studies
Francophone literature and cinema
20th/ / 21st century French literature
Orientalism, 19th century travel literature
Postcolonial Theory, Feminist theory and Transnational
|Selected Publications |
"Remembering the Other War," Francophone
Women Facing War. Allison Fell, ed. London: Peter Lang Publisher, 2009.
- "La République des
Lettres: Ses Ecrivains, ses Critiques, ses Limites," Revue du Gerflint:
Synergies Monde Arabe. 4 (December
"Gender and History in The Silences of the Palace,"
in Phoebe: Journal of Feminist Scholarship,
14:1-2 (Spring & Fall 2002): 1-7.
"Hiddleston, Jane. Assia Djebar: Out of
Algeria" French Forum. Vol. 33, nos. 1-2 (Winter/Spring 2008).
"De la Négritude à la Créolité: Edouard
Glissant, Maryse Condé et la Malédiction de la Théorie," Sub-Stance,
29:3 (2000). 146-149.