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Julie Tolliver

Julie-Françoise Tolliver

Assistant 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. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled Tongue Ties: A Poetics of Solidarity in Francophone Independence Literatures. This project, supported by an NEH fellowship, 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 Contemporary French Civilization, Women in French Studies, and the International Journal of Francophone Studies. 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, on African cinema, and on the sexualization of the (post)colonial other in French-language literature. Future classes she is developing include North American francophone studies, representations of youth in francophone cinema, and Quebec cultural studies.


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Hamilton College (Summa cum laude, PBK)

Honors, Grants

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

Selected Publications


  • “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.