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Professeur des Universités, membre de l'Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), Université Sorbonne Paris Nord – USPC

Chantal Zabus holds the “Institut universitaire de France” (IUF) Chair of Comparative Postcolonial Literatures and Gender Studies at the University Paris 13-Sorbonne-Paris-Cité, France. She is the author of Between Rites and Rights: Excision in Women’s Experiential Texts and Human Contexts (Stanford UP, 2007); The African Palimpsest (Rodopi, 1991; rpt 2007); and Tempests after Shakespeare (Palgrave, 2002).

Out in Africa: Same-Sex Desire in Sub-Saharan Literatures and Cultures was published by Boydell & Brewer (James Currey series) in December 2013, and Transgender Experience: Place, Ethnicity and Visibility (co-ed. David Coad) with Routledge (New York & London) in January 2014.

She has also edited Le Secret: Motif et moteur de la littérature (with Jacques Derrida, Louvain, 1999); Changements au féminin en Afrique noire : Littérature et Anthropologie (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2000; Italian transl. 2003); Fearful Symmetries: Essays and Testimonies on Excision and Circumcision (Rodopi, 2009); Colonization or Globalization? Postcolonial Explorations of Imperial Expansion (with Silvia Nagy-Zekmi) (Lexington Books, 2010); Perennial Empires: Postcolonial, Transnational and Literary Perspectives, also co-edited with Silvia Nagy-Zekmi (Cambria Press, NY, 2011).

Another edited volume, The Future of Postcolonial Literatures, came out with Routledge in 2014.

She is the Editor-in-Chief of Postcololonial Text (; her personal website can be accessed at


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    Professeur des Universités, University of Paris 13