Thérèse Migraine-George

Thérèse Migraine-George


Professor and Head, Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures

Old Chemistry Building


A&S Romance & Arabic Languages & Literat - 0377

Professional Summary

Thérèse Migraine-George is the author of African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics (Africa World Press, 2008), From Francophonie to World Literature in French: Ethics, Poetics, and Politics (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), a book of essays: Mes Etats-Unis: Portraits d'une Amérique que vous ne connaissez pas (Edilivre, 2009), and two novels: Amour de travers (Edilivre, 2010) and Envol (Edilivre, 2014). She has also published various articles and book chapters on Francophone writers, African literatures, cultures, and films, and queer studies. 


Maîtrise de Lettres Modernes: Université Lyon 3 France, 1993

MA in French: University of Kent at Canterbury UK, 1993

MA in English: University of Missouri at St Louis 1994

DEA de Langue, Littérature et Civilisation Française: Université Lyon 3 France, 1995

PhD in Comparative Literature: University of Colorado at Boulder 2000

Research and Practice Interests

My areas of interest are African and Francophone literature, French and Francophone women writers, queer studies, and creative writing. 

Research Support

06-2001 -08-2001 Taft Research Fellowship African Aesthetics and Politics

06-2005 -08-2005 Taft Research Fellowship African Women and Representation

01-2010 -03-2010 Taft Faculty Release Fellowship New Aesthetics of Francophone Women Writers

2010 -2011 Taft Center Fellowship (Post)Francophone Writers and the Creation of a New World Literature in French

01-2017 -04-2017 Taft Research Fellowship The Aesthetics and Politics of Difference in France

Abbreviated Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

1996. "Aux Antipodes de l'Exotisme, ou l'Envers de la Carte Postale  dans l'Œuvre de Madeleine  Ouellette-Michalska." Women  in  French Studies: 4-13.

2018. Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George:  “The Incommensurability
of the ‘Transnational’ in Queer African Studies.” College Literature 45 (4), ed. Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi. 613-622.

1999. "Specular Desires: Orpheus and Pygmalion as Aesthetic Paradigms in Petrarch's Rime Sparse" (A. Owen Aldridge Prize). Comparative Literature Studies 36 (3): 226-246.

2003. "Ama Ata Aidoo's Orphan Ghosts: African Literature and Aesthetic Postmodernity." Research in African Literatures 34 (4): 83-9.

2003. "Beyond the'Internalist' vs. 'Externalist' Debate: African Homosexuals' Local-Global Identities in Two Films, Woubi Chéri and Dakan." Journal of African Cultural Studies 16 (1): 45-56.

2007. "Swiss Trash: L'Autre Suisse de Dunia Miralles." International Journal of Francophone Studies (10th Anniversary Volume) 10 (1-2): 173-191.

2007. "'L'Autre' dans Champs de bataille et d'amour de Véronique Tadjo." Women in French Studies 15: 67-83.

2009. "La Femme de Gilles de Madeleine Bourdouxhe ou la 'fugurante identité' d'un roman belge de langue française." Special issue of International Journal of Francophone Studies 12 (2-3): 321-339. 

2011. "De Traversée de la mangrove à Histoire de la femme cannibale: l'Art comme 'Arme Miraculeuse' chez Maryse Condé." Romanic Review 101 (3): 497-519. 

2014. "From Masisi to Activists: Same-Sex Relations and the Haitian Polity." Journal of Haitian Studies 20 (1): 8-33. 

2016. Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George. "Queer Studies / African Studies: An (Im)possible Transaction?" GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 22 (2). Special Issue: "Area Impossible: The Geopolitics of Queer Studies": 281-305.  

2016. Thérèse Migraine-George and Ashley Currier, “Querying/Queering African Archives: Methods and Movements.” WSQ Special Issue: “Queer Methods” 44 (3-4): 190-207.

2016. Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George. "Introduction: 'Lesbian'/Female Same-Sexualities in Africa." Journal of Lesbian Studies 21: 133-150. 


2008. African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press & The Red Sea Press.

2009. Mes Etats-Unis: Portraits d’une Amérique que vous ne connaissez pas. (Essay). Paris: Editions Edilivre.

2010. Amour de travers. (Novel). Paris: Editions Edilivre.

2013. From Francophonie to World Literature in French: Ethics, Poetics, and Politics. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press.

2014. Envol. (Novel)Paris: Editions Edilivre.

Book Chapter

2006. "From Exile to  Dislocation: Anowa's Wandering Agency in Ama Ata Aidoo's Anowa."  In African  Literatures at the Millennium, edited by  Arthur D. Drayton, Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, and I. Peter Ukpokodu. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. 95-103.

Forthcoming: “Performances of Power, Mimicry, and Subversion in Tess Onwueme’s Work.” In Emerging Perspectives  on Tess Onwueme, edited by Maureen N. Eke. Trenton, NJ: Africa  World Press

2018. Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George: "Queer/African Identities: Questions, Limits, Challenges." In Introduction to Women's Studies: a Reader, ed. L. Ayu Saraswati, Barbara Shaw, and Heather Rellihan. Oxford University Press. 77-81.

2020. “Littérature-Monde, World Literature, and the Politics of Difference” in Francophone Literatures as World Literatures, ed. Christian Moraru, Nicole Simek, and Bertrand Westphal. London, U.K.: Bloomsbury. 167-179.

Forthcoming September 2021: “French in the World: Francophone Literary Translingualism.” The Routledge Handbook of Translingual Literature, ed. Steven G. Kellman and Natasha Lvovitch. 

Work in Progress

From France to the US: Transatlantic Differences and the Kindness of Strangers. Research Monograph. 


2016. co-edited with Ashley Currier, special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies 21: "'Lesbian'/Female Same-Sex Sexualities in Africa." 

Encyclopedia Article

2019. “Woubi Chéri.” The Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History, edited by Howard Chiang. Charles Scribner's Son. 423.


Paper Presentations

(2005. ) African Theaters and the Postcolonial State: The Example of Werewere Liking's Village et Fondation Ki-Yi .Boulder, Colorado.

(2006. ) Art as 'Miraculous Weapon' in Maryse Condé's Works .Eugene, Oregon.

(2007. ) Social Suicide or 'Romanesque' Passion? Madeleine Bourdouxhe's La Femme de Gilles .Cleveland, Ohio.

(2008. ) The Year of Anthologies: The Blackwell Anthology of African Literary Criticism and Theory .Macomb, Illinois.

(2009. ) 'L'enfant est mort': mythe, mémoire et sacrifice dans Reine Pokou de Véronique Tadjo .New Orleans, Louisiana.

(2011. ) Ecriture de l'impertinence dans Le Roi de Kahel de Tierno Monénembo .Saint-Louis.

(2012. ) Ecriture du désir et désir d'écriture dans l'oeuvre de Nina Bouraoui .Lexington, KY.

(2012. ) From Poetics to Politics: Writing as Civic Debt in Lyonel Trouillot's "L'Amour avant que j'oublie" .Cincinnati.

(2013. ) "Nou se masisi, e nou fyè!": Homosexuals as Masisis and Activists in Haiti .Tallahassee, Florida.

(2013. ) Same-Sex Marriage and the Politics of Difference in France .Cincinnati.

(2013. ) Roundtable: Methods, Means, and Mores: "Doing" Global and Transnational Women and Gender Research .Cincinnati.

(2013. ) Roundtable: Postcolonial Studies Across Disciplines and Languages .Cincinnati.

(2014. ) "That Obscure Object of Desire: Homosexuality and Islam" .Indianapolis.

(2015. ) Roundtable "The Politics of Homophobia" with Ashley Currier, Amy Lind, Momin Rahman and Rahul Rao .Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati.

(2015. ) "(Im)possible Representations: Queer Agency through African Visual Arts" .San Diego, CA.

(2016. ) “(In)visible Desires: Queer Women in African Literature" .University of Cincinnati.

(2014. ) Roundtable "From World Literature to Cinema Without Borders: A Discussion about Boundaries in French and Francophone Studies" .University of Cincinnati.

(2016. ) Roundtable “World Cinema & Television in French” .University of Cincinnati.

(2014. ) "How Can Someone be French? The Other White Man in 19th-century Africa" .University of Cincinnati.

(2017. ) “Queer Art, Archival Fever, and the Politics of Desire in Africa” .San Diego.

(2017. ) “In the Middle, or Relocating the Queer Midwest” .Bangkok, Thailand.

(2018. ) "Feminism and Identity Politics in the French Republic" .San Francisco.

Honors and Awards

2015 LGBTQ Center Rainbow Award for Outstanding Faculty

2016 WGSS Outstanding Faculty Award

2016 Fellow of the Graduate School


(Policy and Curriculum Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:University 2003 -2008

(University Research Council, College of Arts and Sciences ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service 2007 -2008

(Dean's Advisory Committee, College of Arts and Sciences ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service 2007 -2008

Taft Board Executive Committee Committee Member Type:University/College Service 2007 -2008

(Taft Faculty Travel Grants Committee ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service 2007 -2009

(Director of Undergraduate Studies ) Type:Departmental Service 2008 -2009

Fulbright Interview Committee Committee Member Type:University/College Service 2006

(Taft Center Fellowship Committee ) Committee Member 2011 -2014

(RLL Research Committee ) Committee Chair 2011 -2013

(Advisory Board in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies ) Committee Member 2012 -2014

(Diversity Task Force, College of Arts and Sciences ) Committee Member 2012 -2013

(Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee, College of Arts and Sciences ) Committee Member 2012 -2013

(Taft Student Award Committee ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service 2013 -2014

Graduate Director, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Type:Departmental Service

(Chair of the A&S Graduate Council Committee ) 2015 -2016

Academic Program Review Committee Committee Member 2016

(Collaboration with the Cincinnati Museum Committee ) Committee Member

Storytelling Committee Committee Member

(UC Office of Research Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Integrated Research Internal Grants Review Council ) Committee Member

University Research Council, Humanities Committee Member

(Academic Program Review Committee ) Committee Member

Professional Affiliation

2008: UC Early Summer Instructional Technology Institute

AP reader in French for ETS and external reviewer for AP French module curriculum (2012)

2015-16 UC Women Lead Program

2018: Editorial Board, Journal of Lesbian Studies

Courses Taught

FR 112: Elementary Conversational French

FR 115: Extended Basic French 5

FR 181: World Cultures: French

FR 252: Composition and Conversation

FR 253: Composition and Conversation

FR 300: Writing about French/Francophone Culture

FR 301: Understanding French/Francophone Culture in Conversation

FR 312: The Francophone World

FR 313: French Culture in Cinema

FR 314: France Today

FR 341: Introduction to French Literature

FR 383: Francophone Cultures: Africa and the Caribbean

FR 384: Francophone Cultures: Quebec

FR 425: Advanced French Conversation 1

FR 426: Advanced French Conversation 2

FR 491: Advanced Composition and Conversation

FR 493/523: Stylistics

FR 755: Introduction to Francophone Literature

FR 786: African Feminisms

FR 870: Francophone Feminisms

FR 872: Africa Today

FR 873: African Cultural Studies

RLL 711: European Studies Seminar

SWLC 801: Introduction to Literary Theory

FR 4029/7019: Queer Francophone Lit/Culture

WGSS 4019/7029: Gender, Sexuality, Culture

Black Lives Matter in a “Post-Racial Society”

Other Information

Media Interview: November 30, 2014: interview for the national Canadian TV channel CTV News about the election of the new Secretary General of Francophonie Michaëlle Jean. ,