Michele Kenfack

Humanities Teaching Fellow; Lindsay Family Fellow
muk@uchicago.edu
Office Hours: T/Th 11:30-12:30
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2020

Michele Kenfack received her PhD in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Chicago in 2020 and is a Lindsay Family Fellow. Her current book project explores the representation of the end of times in Francophone Sub-Saharan African and Caribbean fictional prose, with a focus on novels published between 1968 and 1990. Her critical edition of Frédéric Marcelin’s Marilisse was published by l’Harmattan (Paris) in 2016. Her research interests include Sub-Saharan African and Caribbean studies, Francophone fiction, theater and cinema, postcolonial theory, translation and the visual arts.

Kenfack teaches in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Humanities Core, where she shares her fascination for Sub-Saharan African and Caribbean literatures and cultures with students, and her expertise in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature topics, including (post)colonialism, power and revolution, alienation, nationalism, and the apocalypse.

Recent courses in RLL

  • FREN 20300 French Language, History, and Culture (Autumn 2016)
  • FREN 21719 Histoire, superstitions et croyances dans le roman francophone des XXe et XXIe siècles (Autumn 2019)
  • FREN 21720 Histoire, superstitions et croyances dans le roman francophone contemporain (Autumn 2020)
  • FREN 23333/33333 Reading French for Research Purposes (Winter 2017)
  • FREN 24821 Krik…Krak! Contemporary Cross-Atlantic Storytelling: Tradition, Resistance and Empowerment (Spring 2021)