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Julie Tolliver

Julie-Françoise Tolliver

Assistant Professor
French and Francophone Studies

605 Agnes Arnold Hall
(713) 743-5368
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Teaching | Research Interest | Selected Publications


Julie Tolliver is Assistant Professor of French with a specialization in Francophone Studies. Her current research focuses on literary expressions of solidarity in the francophone world in the second half of the twentieth century. Before teaching at the University of Houston, she taught at Hamilton College in both the French and the Comparative Literature Departments. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Tolliver teaches classes such as Francophone African Cinema, Sex and the Other in French Literature, French on the Gulf, as well as French and francophone literature, culture, and civilization courses.

Research Interests

Dr. Tolliver is the author of several articles and translations, and she recently co-edited a special issue of The Journal of Postcolonial Writing titled Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances During the Cold War. Her research interests include twentieth-century French-language literature and culture as well as the francophone independence movements of the 1950s to 1970s. Currently, she is working on a monograph titled Tongue Ties: Solidarity and Resistance in Francophone Literature.


  • “Césaire/Lumumba: A Season of Solidarity.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 50.4. 2014

  • Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 50.4. Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances During the Cold War. Co-edited with Monica Popescu and Cedric Tolliver. 2014.

  • “Reading Albania Reading Chauvet: The Publication History of Amour, Colère et Folie.” Women in French Studies. Special Issue 2012.

  • “Francophone Manifestos: On Solidarity in the French-Speaking World.” Littérature-monde en français: The literary politics of twenty-first-century France. Kamal Salhi (ed.). Special double-issue volume of International Journal of Francophone Studies. Vol. 12.2/3, 2009.

  • Désert de le Clézio: Résistance à la mort et refus de la modernité.” With Hervé Tchumkam. La mort dans les littératures africaines. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2009.