Julie Tolliver

Julie-Françoise Kruidenier Tolliver
Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

607 Agnes Arnold Hall
(713) 743-0927

Teaching | Research Interest | Selected Publications


Julie Tolliver is Instructional Assistant Professor of French. 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. from the University of Pennsylvania.



At the University of Houston, Dr. Tolliver teaches first- and second-year language classes. In the past, she has taught Russian language and conversation classes, as well as courses on Québécois culture, Canadian literature, Caribbean literature, opera, 19th- and 20th-century French literature, and literatures of solidarity and resistance.

Research Interests

Dr. Tolliver is the author of several articles and translations. 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 and on an edited volume titled Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances During the Cold War.


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