Jeanne Jégousso

Jeanne Jégousso

Assistant Professor

Jeanne Jégousso Jeanne Jégousso

Jeanne Jégousso is assistant professor of French and Francophone studies. Her areas of specialization include the French Speaking Caribbean and Indian Ocean, Louisiana Literature and Folklore, Cultural Anthropology, and Postcolonial Studies. In August 2020, she co-edited the collective volume Teaching, Reading, and Theorizing Caribbean Texts (Lexington Books, 2020). She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles on the work of Édouard Glissant, Alfred Alexandre, as well as Haitian literary journals and poetry. She is the director of the online journal Mondesfrancophones. In addition, she is the cofounder and codirector of the Library of Glissant Studies, a digital project dedicated to the work of and on Martinican author Edouard Glissant (1928-2011). In December 2020, Jégousso was awarded the Laura Bassi Scholarship for her first book project entitled La poétique du dépassement. Pour une nouvelle critique des littératures antillaises et indianocéaniques contemporaines, in which she proposes a new approach to theorizing contemporary Francophone literatures.

As the Francophone House and French Club advisor at Hollins, she is looking forward to helping the students make French language and Francophone cultures an essential part of the academic experience on campus.

Areas of Expertise

  • French Speaking Caribbean (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haïti)
  • Mauritian Literature written in French
  • Comorian Literature written in French
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Cultural Anthropology

Courses Taught

  • French and Francophone Women Writers (Senior seminar in French)
  • An Introduction to Haitian Literature and Culture
  • From the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean: a Survey of Literary Journals in French
  • Understanding Contemporary France Through Urban Cultures
  • Diasporic Haitian Literature (First Year Seminar)
  • Intermediate French
  • Elementary French


  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University
  • M.A., Louisiana State University
  • B.A., Université François Rabelais (Tours, France)