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Staff Profile

Professor Veronique Tadjo

QualificationsMA, PhD
Phone 0117174209
Organisational Unit French

B rief Professional History

Véronique Tadjo is Professor and Head of French and Francophone Studies. Prior to joining the University of the Witwatersrand in January 2007, she held a number of positions such as Translator and Consultant in Nairobi, Kenya ( 1994 - 1998); Assistant Lecturer at the English Department of the University of Abidjan (1988 - 1993); Assistant Lecturer at the French Department of Lagos University (1987 - 1988); Assistant Lecturer at the English Department of the University of Abidjan (1982 -  1984); Assistant Lecturer at the English Department of the École Normale Supérieure of Abidjan (1981 - 1982); and English teacher at the Lycée Moderne de Korhogo in the North of Côte d’Ivoire  (1979 - 1981). Between 1999 and 2006, Tadjo was also a full-time fiction writer and visual artist.

Teaching and Supervision

Véronique Tadjo teaches a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on language, translation, French and Francophone literature, as well as creative writing in French. Key courses taught include:  La Peste and L’Étranger by Albert Camus;  Une si longue letter by Mariama Bâ; Le Diable au Corps by Raymond Radiguet;  an introduction to Francophone African literature; Advanced Translation;  Social Change in the 19th century novel, Germinal by Emile Zola and Fantasy in Memoirs of a Porcupine by Alain Mabanckou . She supervises MA and PhD students in French and Francophone Studies.

Selected Publications

2014. “Hospitalité et hostilité de la langue et de la culture françaises dans Les Soleils des indépendances d’Ahmadou Kourouma”. In Hospitality and Hostility in the Multilingual Global Village, Stellenbosh : Sun Media, 163 - 178.

2014. “Chinua Achebe’s legacy”. In Chinua Achebe, Tributes and reflections, edited by Nana Eyebia Clarke and James Currey, Oxford: Ayebia Clark publishing, 294 - 300.

2013. “The Cartography of African Literature: Beyond borders”. In Éloge de l’écrivain, Paris: Présence Africaine (Cultural Review of the Black World) N° 187-188, 11-22.

2013. “Lifting the Cloak of (In) Visibility: A writer’s Perspective”. In Research in African Literature, Volume 44, Number 2, 1-7.

2013. “L’influence de Zadi Zaourou sur la littérature ivoirienne’’ In Bernard Zadi Zaourou, poète et dramaturge ivoirien, edited by Bruno Gnaoule-Oupoh, Paris: L’Harmattan.

2012. “Writing in troubled times”. In über(w)unden: Art in Troubled Times, edited by Lien Heidenreich-Seleme and Sean O’Toole, Johannesburg: Jacana/Goethe Institut, 22 - 27.

2011. “Littérature-monde en français et littérature africaine francophone”. In Le sentiment de la langue: évasion, exotisme et engagement, edited by T. Kitenge Ngoy & M. Ngalasso-Mwatha, Bordeaux: Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 43 - 56.

2010. “Genocide: the changing memory landscape in Kigali”. African identities, Special Issue: The Rwandan Genocide - A Critical Re-Evaluation 8(4), 379-388.

As a fiction writer:

2010. Loin de mon Père. Paris: Actes Sud.

2004. Reine Pokou, concerto pour un sacrifice. Paris: Actes Sud.

2000.  A mi-chemin, (collection of poems). Paris:  L’Harmattan.

2000. L’Ombre d’Imana, Voyages jusqu’au bout du Rwanda. Paris: Actes Sud.

1999. Champs de bataille et d’amour.  Paris/Abidjan: Présence Africaine & Les Nouvelles Editions Ivoiriennes.

1992. A vol d’oiseau. Paris: L’Harmattan.

1992. Le royaume aveugle. Paris: L’Harmattan.

1983. Latérite (collection of poems). Paris: Hatier.