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

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