Catherine Gallouët, chair and professor of French and Francophone Studies at HWS, was invited to deliver a paper at the University of the French West Indies and Guiana under the auspices of Guadeloupe’s Conseil Régional. The conference theme, “Black Representation in European and American Literature, History and Art in the 18th, 19th and 20th Century,” has been the focus of Gallouët’s research for several years. The international conference was the first of its kind organized by a French university.
Gallouët’s research focuses on how resistance and revolt of Africans and slaves are represented during the French Enlightenment. Her paper, “Le Noir contre le Blanc : rhétorique de la représentation littéraire de résistance” or “Black Against White: Rhetoric of the Literary Representation of Resistance,” traced the evolution of representation through several 18th century texts. Gallouët was also interviewed on television and participated in a radio show with two French colleagues from the conference. The podcast can be heard at http://medias2.francetv.fr/videosread/rfo/mp3/guadeloupe/Hierailleurs/Hier_Ailleurs_200313.mp3
She recently published on Nzingha, queen of Angola in a special issue on Africa of the 18th century French journal, Dix-Huitième Siècle. The article reviewed in Angola and in Brazil where Nzingha is a historical heroine, is considered a breakthrough in European studies of the African queen. In addition, Gallouët is also completing a volume of collected essays, which will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2014.
A member of the HWS staff since 1986, Gallouët received her doctorate and master’s from Rutgers University, her B.A. cum laude from Hope and her Bacalauréat, with honors, from Académie de Grenoble. She was the initiator of HWS’s French study abroad programs.