Valerie K. Orlando
Professor, French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures

Valérie Orlando is Professor of French & Francophone Literatures in the Department of French & Italian at the University of Maryland, College Park. In AY 2019-2020 she is recipient of the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award, Université Lumière Lyon II, Lyon, France (fall 2019) and a Research Fellow at Le Collegium de Lyon, L’institut d’études avancées de l’Université de Lyon (spring 2020).

She is the author of six books and co-editor of two edited volumes: 

 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), Screening Morocco: Contemporary Film in a Changing Society (Ohio University Press, 2011), The Algerian New Novel: The Poetics of a Modern Nation, 1950-1979 (University of Virginia Press, 2017), and New African Cinema: Contexts, Issues and Approaches  (Rutgers’s University Press, 2017). With Dr. Sandra Cypess, she is co-editor of Reimagining the Caribbean: Conversations among the Creole, English, French and Spanish Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2014), and with Pamela Pears Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness, and Exile (Lexington Books, 2018).

Her research and teaching focus on Francophone writing from Africa and the Caribbean, 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:

She is Series Editor for After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France 


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On research and sabbatical leave AY2019-2020