Julie Papaioannou's research focus is on African film aesthetics and criticism. She is currently working on a manuscript with the tentative title Representing Women in the Cinema of Jean-Pierre Bekolo: Outcasts, Survivors, Warriors, in which she investigates narrative and aesthetic modes of women representation and identity in the film experience of French-Cameroonian filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bekolo at the intersection of Western and African feminist discourses. Along these lines, Papaioannou reevaluates African cinema aesthetics by addressing the theoretical complexities that have shaped African film criticism and the "Francophone film."
Broader research interests include translation studies, twentieth- and twenty-first-century France, the production of literature by the African diaspora in France, and French-speaking films in the Caribbean and Québec.
Courses Offered (subject to change)
- FR 101: Elementary French I (Fall)
- FR 102: Elementary French II (Spring)
- FR 111: French in Focus: Intensive Elementary French (Summer)
- FR 154: Screening French Shorts: Intensive Intermediate French (Summer)
- FR 200: Advanced French (Fall/Spring)
- FR 211: Aspects of French Grammar (Fall 2017)
- FR 212: French Literature in Translation (Spring)
- FR 235: Texts Beyond Borders (Fall 2016)
- FR 241: Le Nouveau Roman (Spring 2015)
- FR 242: Théâtre Français (Spring 2016)
- FR 270: Women Write Women: Africa and the Caribbean (Fall 2016)
- FR 279: Immigration in French Literature and Film (Spring 2017)
- FR 288: French in Film: Africa, Caribbean, Québec (Spring 2016)
- "'Qu'elle aille explorer le possible!' or African Cinema According to Jean-Pierre Bekolo." Companion to African Cinema, edited by Kenneth Harrow and Carmela Garritano, Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.
- "Fanta Nacro's Night of Truth: The Journey to the End of the Night." African Women Under Fire: Literary Discourses in War and Conflict, edited by Pauline Ada Uwakweh, Lexington Books, 2017, pp. 75-89.
- "From Orality to Visuality: The Question of Aesthetics in African Cinema." Renewal in African Cinema: Genres and Aesthetics, Issue 2: Aesthetics and Ideology. Spec. issue of Journal of African Cinemas, vol. 1, no. 2, Dec. 2009, pp. 141-57. Ingenta Connect, doi:10.1386/jac.1.2.141/1.
- "'Reel' Fiction in Cameroonian Cinema: The Postcolonial Re-Shaping of Cultural Reality." Cinema and Social Discourse in Cameroon, edited by Alexie Tcheuyap, Thielmann & Breitinger, 2005, pp. 197-222. Bayreuth African Studies 69.
Selected Conference Presentations
- "A Global Perspective in a Crystal Ball: Jean-Pierre Bekolo's Naked Reality." Africa and the World: Literature, Politics, and Global Geographies. African Literature Association Annual Conference, 15 Jun. 2017, Yale University, New Haven.
- "Communities in Transit in Moussa Touré's La pirogue." Justice and Human Dignity in Africa and the Africa Diaspora. African Literature Association Annual Conference, 9 Apr. 2016, Marriott Marquis Atlanta.
Elementary, intermediate, and advanced French language; Literary translation from French to English; French literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; Francophone literature and film
Honors and Activities
- Tournées French Film Festival organizer, Face Foundation Grant, Fall 2014-Spring 2017
- Founding member of the Film, Visual, and Media Caucus of the African Literature Association; Chair, June 2015-2017
- Elected executive councilor of the African Literature Association, June 2017-2020
- CTLTR Grant for creating web-based application for French language instruction, University of Rochester, Spring 2010
- Burton Research Grant to attend the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso, University of Rochester, Spring 1999