Julie Papaioannou

Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies
PhD, University of Rochester

427 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-5524

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00–3:00 pm, or by appointment


Julie Papaioannou's research focuses on African film aesthetics and criticism. She is currently working on a manuscript with the tentative title Representing Women in African Film: Outcasts, Survivors, Warriors, in which she investigates narrative and aesthetic modes of women's representation and identity in French-speaking African film 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." Particular focus is also drawn on women filmmakers who often find themselves at the intersection of Western and African feminist discourses.

Broader research interests include mid-nineteenth-century to fin de siècle 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)

Selected Publications

  • "The Polyvalent Aesthetics of African Cinema: Dealing with History." The Changing Aesthetics of African Cinema, edited by Sada Niang, Sheila Petty, and Alexie Tcheuyap. Submission under review.
  • "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 Connectdoi: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.


Elementary, intermediate, and advanced French language; French literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; Francophone literature and film

Honors and Activities

  • 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