Ramon A. Fonkoué

Ramon A. Fonkoue
"The West is not in the West. It is a project, not a place."
—Édouard Glissant


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  • Associate Professor of French and Cultural Studies, Humanities
  • Director of RTC Graduate Program
  • PhD, Romance Languages, University of Oregon
  • Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) en Littérature Comparée, Université de Yaoundé 1
  • Certificat d'Études Politiques, Institut d'Études Politiques, Lyon-France
  • Maîtrise en Littérature Française, Université de Yaoundé 1


Dr. Ramon A. Fonkoué's scholarship and teaching focus is on French Language, Francophone, and African Studies in general with an emphasis on cultures and cultural contacts. His research analyzes the contribution of Caribbean and African writers and critics to cultural studies and literary theory. His interests include the relationship between subjectivity, nation building and the canon, the environmental novel, postcolonial and film theories, artistic expressions of multiethnic France, and the French novel of WW II. His current works explore the status of the subject; questions of agency in the postcolonial and the postmodern spheres; and discourses on humanism.

He has a book in progress that explores agency and ethics in the contemporary French Caribbean novel.

He recently designed a new course on African cinema that discusses African and postcolonial film theory, examines the representation of Africa through audio-visual media, and explores current issues in the continent.

Areas of Interest

  • Literature and Philosophy
  • French Cultural Studies
  • Trauma and Memory Studies
  • Postcolonial Theory and Criticism
  • African History and Politics
  • Globalization Studies