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Julie Tolliver

Julie-Françoise Tolliver

Associate Professor
French and Francophone Studies

605 Agnes Arnold Hall
(713) 743-5368
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Teaching | Education | Honors, Grants | Selected Publications


Julie-Françoise Tolliver publishes on 20th century francophone literature and culture, postcolonial studies, francophone cinema and gender studies. Her first book, The Quebec Connection: A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures, was published in 2020 with the University of Virginia Press in the New World Studies Series. The Quebec Connection, supported by an NEH fellowship and the Helen Tartar First Book Subvention Award, analyzes the textual connections linking French-language writers from Quebec, Africa and the Caribbean from the 1950s through the mid-1970s. Tolliver has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing titled “Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances During the Cold War.” In addition, her essays have appeared in a number of journals such as the American Review of Canadian Studies, Contemporary French Civilization, Women in French Studies and the International Journal of Francophone Studies. Her current projects examine the representation of fire in Canadian cinema and francophone authors’ continuing interest in the trope of the sexualized racial “other.” At the University of Houston, Tolliver is an affiliate of the African American Studies Program and a member of the Empire Studies Collective.


Tolliver teaches courses on French-English translation, African cinema, the francophone world, North American francophone studies and the sexualization of the (post)colonial other in French-language literature. Future classes she is developing include representations of youth in francophone cinema, Gulf Coast francophone studies and Quebec cultural studies.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Hamilton College (Summa cum laude, PBK)

Honors, Grants

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund Mentor

Selected Publications


  • The Quebec Connection: A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020.


  • “Writing, Immigration, and Sex in Dany Laferrière and Kim Thúy.” American Review of Canadian Studies 50.2 (September 2020): 151-164.
  • “Siting Images, Citing Worlds: Nouri Bouzid’s Bent Familia and the Quebec Connection.” Forthcoming in Contemporary French Civilization.
  • “Césaire/Lumumba: A Season of Solidarity.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 50.4. 2014.
  • “Reading Albania Reading Chauvet: The Publication History of Amour, Colère et Folie.” Women in French Studies. Special Issue 2012.
  • “Francophone Manifestos: On Solidarity in the French-Speaking World.” Littérature-monde en français: The literary politics of twenty-first-century France. Kamal Salhi (ed.). Special double-issue volume of International Journal of Francophone Studies. Vol. 12.2/3, 2009.

Edited Special Issue

  • Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 50.4. "Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances During the Cold War." Co-edited with Monica Popescu and Cedric Tolliver. 2014.