Valérie Orlando is Professor of French & Francophone Literatures and Head of the Department of French & Italian at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of six books:
The Algerian New Novel: The Poetics of a Modern Nation, 1950-1979 (Forthcoming, University of Virginia Press, 2017). New African Cinema: Contexts, Issues and Approaches (Forthcoming, Rutgers’s University Press, 2017). Nomadic Voices of Exile: Feminine Identity in Francophone Literature of the Maghreb, (Ohio University Press, 1999), Of Suffocated Hearts and Tortured Souls: Seeking Subjecthood Through Madness in Francophone Women’s Writing of Africa and the Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2003), Francophone Voices of the ‘New Morocco’ in Film and Print: (Re)presenting a Society in Transition (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009) and Screening Morocco: Contemporary Film in a Changing Society (Ohio University Press, 2011). With Dr. Sandra Cypess, she is co-editor of Reimagining the Caribbean: Conversations among the Creole, English, French and Spanish Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2014). Her most recent book, Experimental Narratives, Fragmented Subjects and the Poetics of a Modern Nation: The Making of the Algerian New Novel, 1950-1979, will be published in 2016.
She writes on and teaches courses about Francophone writing from the African diaspora, African Cinema, and French literature and culture. She previously taught at Illinois Wesleyan University (1999-2006); Purdue University (1997-1999); and Eastern Mediterranean University in the Northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus (1996-1997). For additional information, click here: http://www.valeriekeyorlando.org/