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African and African-American Studies

Choate House, HB 6134

34 North Main Street

Hanover, NH 03755

(603) 646-3397


About the Banner:

The “Life of Malcolm X” murals were painted by Florian Jenkins in 1972. The eight panels depict the life and assassination of the human rights activist. The murals were sponsored by the Afro-American Society and are located in Cutter-Shabazz Hall.

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Ayo A. Coly

Ayo Coly

Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Comparative Literature


Office: 202 Choate House/210 Reed Hall

Telephone: 603-646-1325

Hinman Box: 6134


Licence ès Lettres degree Université Cheikh Anta Diop

Diplôme d’Études Approfondies Université Lumière Lyon

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University


Courses Taught

AAAS 40: Gender Identities and Politics in Africa

AAAS 51: Masterpieces of African Literature

AAAS 55: African Cinema

AAAS 67: Colonial and Postcolonial Masculinities

Areas of Expertise

African literature and culture; African cinema; Gender in African society; post-colonial and colonial literature; Human rights

Selected Works

"Male Wives, Female Husbands: Immigration and the Geography of Gender and Home," The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, (Fall 2006).

"In Search of African Epistemologies: Instituting the Griot as A Critical Paradigm in African Cinema," (2006).

"Court Poet and Wild Child: Two Readings of Calixthe Beyala's Les Honneurs perdus," Nottingham French Studies, 43:3 (Autumn 2004) 15-27.

"Neither Here Nor There: Calixthe Beyala's Collapsing Homes," Research in African Literatures, 33.2 (2002) 34-35.

"Autobiography or Autojustification: Re-reading Bugul's Le baobab fou," The Literary Grio, 11:2 (1999) 56-69.

Current Projects

"Human Rights or Humanizing Rights: (Re)Claiming the Circumcised African Woman"


Out of their Fathers' House, Migrant African Women Writers at the Crossroads of Roots and Routes


"Technologies of the Postcolonial Self: Ken Bugul Cendres et Braises and Riwaan ou le chemin de sable"


"From African to Afro-French: New Maps of African Identities"

Last Updated: 8/12/11