Santa Clara University

Modern Languages and Literatures department
Boutouba PIc

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 3 years.

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 States.

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 and culture

  • Orientalism, 19th century travel literature

  • Postcolonial Theory, Feminist theory and Transnational Cinema

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 2007).  149-159.
  • "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.

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