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Philip A. Ojo

Professor of French

Phone: 404.471.5185
Office Location: Buttrick 350

Academic Degrees

  • B.Ed., University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • M.A., University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Ph.D., University of Oregon

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

Professor Ojo's interests include Francophone African and Caribbean cultures and literatures, colonial and postcolonial literary and cultural theory, as well as translation theory and practice. He has published on contemporary Beninese literature, Jacques Roumain, Maryse Condé, Sony Labou Tansi, Gangbé Brass Band, and Ramonu Sanusi, and contributed several entries to The Encyclopaedia of Africa and the Americas. He is currently working on a project on identity expressions in Francophone African popular culture as a potential tool for social criticism and change. Professor Ojo maintains PagesFrancophones@ASC, an online project for the promotion of Francophone studies, and he is also a freelance translator.

Professional Activities

Recent Publications:

  • “L’Esthétique de la satire et de la subversion dans La Parenthèse de sang de Sony Labou Tansi.” Nouvelles Études Francophones. 23.2 (Automne 2008) : 208221.
  • “(Re)Writing Identities in Contemporary Beninese Literature.” >Gboungboun: The Magazine of the Project on New African Literatures. 1.2 (November 2007).
  • Le Bistouri des larmes (Ramonu Sanusi), Huy: Les Editions du Pangolin, 2005” (Book Review). Gboungboun: The Magazine of the Project on New African Literatures. 1.2 (November 2007).
  • “The Transformative Potential of Death in Maryse Condé’s Crossing the Mangrove >and Jacques Roumain’s Masters of the Dew.” Journal of Caribbean Literatures. IV.3 (June 2007): 115127.
  • “Alpha Blondy’s Elohim and the Quest for a New Côte d'Ivoire.” West Africa Review. Issue 10, 2007.
  • “Gangbe Brass Band: ‘Partager notre culture avec les autres peuples du monde.’” West Africa Review. Issue 10, 2007.

Web Links

French Undergraduate Program
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