Lydie Moudileno

Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Professor of French, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1994

Lydie Moudileno is Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French, with secondary appointments in the departments of American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on literary and cultural productions from the Francophone world, in particular the Caribbean, and West and Central Africa, as well as postcolonial France.

Her books have examined issues of authorship and metaliterary representations in Francophone Caribbean literature, post-Negritude Congolese fiction (2007) and contemporary African fiction (2013). She is the co-editor of several volumes and special issues on literary representations of blackness in Francophone fiction, and on writers Maryse Condé and Marie NDiaye.

Her more recent work has focused examinations of race in contemporary French culture: Mythologies postcoloniales: Décoloniser le quotidien (Champion, 2018), a study of race in popular culture at the turn of the millennium inspired by the work of Roland Barthes, and Postcolonial Realms of Memory: Signs and Symbols in Modern France (Liverpool University Press, 2020), a collected volume investigating traces of the colonial past in contemporary France.

Before joining USC Lydie Moudileno was Professor of Romance Languages, Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also directed the African Studies Center (Title VI NRC). She has held visiting professorships at NYU, Johns Hopkins University, the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, and the EHESS in Paris.



  • Ph.D. University of California Berkeley, 1994
  • Book

    • Moudileno, L. E., Achille, E., Forsdick, C. (2020). Postcolonial Realms of Memory. Sites and Symbols in Modern France. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press), 2020.
    • Moudileno, L. E., Achille, E. (2018). Mythologies postcoloniales: Pour une décolonisation du quotidien. Paris: Editions Honoré Champion, 2018.
    • Moudileno, L. E. (2006). Parades Postcoloniales. La Fabrication des identités dans le roman congolais. Paris: Karthala, 2006.

    Book Chapters

    • Moudileno, L. E. (2021). “Sub-Saharan Africa and the Novel in French” The Cambridge History of the Novel in French, ed. Adam Watt, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. The Cambridge History of the Novel in French pp. 616-633.
    • Moudileno, L. E. (2020). Magical Realism, Afrofuturism, and (Afro) Surrealism: The Entanglement of Categories in African Fiction. In The Palgrave Handbook of Magical Realism in the Twenty-First Century (pp. 67-82). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

    Journal Article

    • Moudileno, L. E. (2022). Paths Crossed, Literary and Others. in Maryse Condé, A Writer for our Times. Yale French Studies 140, pp 136-142. YALE FRENCH STUDIES. (140), pp. 136-142.
    • Moudileno, L. E. (2020). Dany Laferrière et la reconnaissance du titre. XXI/XX–Reconnaissances littéraires. pp. 175-186.
    • Moudileno, L. E. (2019). Barthes’s Black Soldier: The Making of a Mythological Celebrity. The Yearbook of Comparative Literature, 62(1), pp.57-72.
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