Professor El Hadji Malick Ndiaye edited “The Body in Francophone Literature,” with Moussa Sow (McFarland Books, 2016). The collection of essays is a response to the French colonial narrative that sought to justify the expansion of French territories.
“Francophone writers sought to rehabilitate the status of non-Western peoples who, through the use of anthropometric techniques, had been racially classified as inferior or primitive,” said Ndiaye.
Essays address the embodiment of diasporic identity, the body politic in prison writing, women’s bodies, and the body’s expression of trauma inflicted by genocidal violence. Ndiaye’s chapter, “The Diallobe and the Pulaaku,” focuses on the ethnic, ethic, and epistemic use of the body in the novels of Cheikh Hamidou Kane.
Ndiaye received his PhD in French literature from Université Européenne de Bretagne and holds master's degrees in modern French literature, Francophone studies, and media and communication science. His scholarship examines the notion of “francophone author” through various identical and theoretical perspectives. His research interests also include French regionalism from La Belle Epoque to present days, French-speaking Canada, transnational identities in Africa, and postcolonial francophone literature and cinema. Ndiaye joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013 and teaches in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Global African Studies program.