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Jennifer Howell

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Lang Literatures & Cultures
Stevenson Hall - STV 217
Office Hours
By appointment only.
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Current Courses

112.001First-Year French (Part II)

112.002First-Year French (Part II)

213.001Written Communication in French

203.001Nations And Narration AMALI: Africa

Teaching Interests & Areas

Francophone Literatures & Cultures, French for Business & the Professions, Composition & Conversation, North African Literature in Translation

Research Interests & Areas

Francophone North Africa, Francophone Literatures of the African and Vietnamese Diasporas, Photography, the Graphic Novel, Crime Fiction, Ecocriticism, History & Memory

Ph D French and Francophone World Studies

The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Other English

Université Rennes 2-Haute Bretagne
Rennes, France

MA French

Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

BA French

Ohio University
Athens, OH

BS Biological Sciences

Ohio University
Athens, OH

Book Review

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Effacer sa trace, by Malika Wagner (Albin Michel, 2016). Journal of North African Studies, vol. 23, no. 1/2, 2018, pp. 367-369,
Howell, Jennifer. Review of L’Art de perdre, by Alice Zeniter (Flammarion/Albin Michel, 2017). Journal of North African Studies, vol. 23, no. 4, 2018, pp. 725-727,
Howell, Jennifer. Review of Nouvelles antillaises du XIXe siècle. Une anthologie, edited by Barbara T. Cooper and Roger Little (L’Harmattan, 2017). Dalhousie French Studies, vol. 112, 2018, p. 161,
Howell, Jennifer. Review of Zabor ou les psaumes, by Kamel Daoud (Actes Sud and Éditions Barzakh, 2017). Journal of North African Studies, vol. 23, no. 3, 2018, pp. 543-545,
Howell, Jennifer. Review of Chanson douce, by Leïla Slimani (Gallimard, 2016). Journal of North African Studies, vol. 22, no. 2, 2017, pp. 301-303,
Howell, Jennifer. Review of Hizya, by Maïssa Bey (Éditions de l’Aube, 2015). Journal of North African Studies, vol. 22, no. 4, 2017, pp. 696-698,
Howell, Jennifer. Review of Rue des Perplexes, by Mohamed Magani (Chihab éditions, 2013). Journal of North African Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, 2017, pp. 174-175,
Howell, Jennifer. Review of Yoko et les gens du Barzakh, by Djamel Mati (Chihab éditions, 2016). Journal of North African Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, 2017, pp. 172-174,

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Ten Arab Filmmakers: Political Dissent and Social Critique, ed. Josef Gugler. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2015. Journal of North African Studies. Forthcoming.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Femmes en francophonie: Écritures et lectures du féminin dans les littératures francophones, ed. Isaac Bazié and Françoise Naudillon. Montreal: Mémoire d’encrier, 2014. Dalhousie French Studies 107: Forthcoming.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Francophone Cultures and Geographies of Identity, ed. H. Adlai Murdoch and Zsuzsanna Fagyal. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. Dalhousie French Studies 107: Forthcoming.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Redrawing French Empire in Comics, by Mark McKinney. Columbus: The Ohio State UP, 2013. H-France Review 14.183 (2014): 1-5.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Dictionnaire des œuvres littéraires de l’Acadie des Maritimes, XXe siècle, ed. Janine Gallant and Maurice Raymond. Sherbrooke: Prise de Parole, 2012. Dalhousie French Studies 97 (2012): 161.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Gaston Kaboré: Conteur visionnaire du cinéma africain, by Marie-Magdeleine Chirol. Lyon: Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2011. Dalhousie French Studies 97 (2012): 160.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Le Récit aujourd’hui, ed. Jérôme Game. Paris: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2011. Dalhousie French Studies 100 (2012): 145-46.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Les Écofictions. Mythologies de la fin du monde, by Christian Chelebourg. Clamecy, France: Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2012. Dalhousie French Studies 99 (2012): 133-34.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Littératures francophones minoritaires (Canada, 1999-2010): Entretiens et textes, by Catherine Parayre. Vienna: Praesens Verlag, 2011. Dalhousie French Studies 97 (2012): 161-62.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Patrick Chamoiseau: A Critical Introduction, by Wendy Knepper. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2012. Dalhousie French Studies 98 (2012): 153-54.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Témoignages fictionnels au féminin: Une réécriture des blancs de la guerre civile algérienne, by Névine El Nossery. New York: Rodopi, 2012. Dalhousie French Studies 100 (2012): 137-39.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of The Environment in French and Francophone Literature and Film, ed. Jeff Persels. FLS 39 (2012). Dalhousie French Studies 100 (2012): 142-45.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Les littératures de langue française à l’heure de la mondialisation, ed. Lise Gauvin. Montreal: Hurtubise, 2010. Dalhousie French Studies 94 (2011): 178-79.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Thresholds of Meaning: Passage, Ritual and Liminality in Contemporary French Narrative, by Jean H. Duffy. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2011. Dalhousie French Studies 95 (2011): 116-17.

Howell, Jennifer. Review of Blasted, by Kate Story. St. John’s: Killick Press, 2008. Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 24.2 (2009): 283-87.

Book, Authored

Howell, Jennifer. The Algerian War in French-Language Comics: Postcolonial Memory, History, and Subjectivity. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015.

Book, Chapter

Howell, Jennifer. “Gender Equality? Hshouma! Women, Sexuality, and Comics Activism in Morocco.” Drawing (in) the Feminine: Women and Bande Dessinée. Edited by Margaret C. Flinn, The Ohio State UP, 2024, pp. 75-93.
Howell, Jennifer. “Rachid Bouchareb’s Hors la Loi (Outside the Law): A Lesson in History, Reception and Artistic Licence.” ReFocus: The Films of Rachid Bouchareb. Edited by Michael Gott and Leslie Kealhofer-Kemp, Edinburgh UP, 2020, pp. 181-196.

Howell, Jennifer. “Reconstructing Harki Sites of Memory in the Graphic Novel.” In A Practical Guide to French Harki Literature. Edited by Keith Moser. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. 187-207.

Howell, Jennifer. “A Father’s Pain, a Daughter’s Story: Transcending the Trauma of Loss.” The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art. Névine El Nossery and Amy Hubbell, ed. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 285-304.

Howell, Jennifer. “Drawing the Muslim Self: Muslim Citizenship and Contemporary Islam in France.” Artistic (Self)-Representations of Islam and Muslims in the Contemporary French and Francophone Contexts. Edited by Ramona Mielusel, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp. 185-203.
Howell, Jennifer. “Post-Revolutionary Tunisia in Comics and Cartooning.” Graphic Narratives of Resistance. Edited by Jennifer Boum Make and Charly Verstraet, Edinburgh UP.

Journal Article

Howell, Jennifer. “À chaque recette son histoire: Viet Kieu Food Writing and the Emergence of a Transnational Poetics.” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, special issue: “Reorienting Culture Flows, France-Asia.” Forthcoming 2016.

Howell, Jennifer. “Investigating the Enforced Disappearances of Algeria’s ‘Dark Decade’: Omar D’s and Kamel Khélif’s Commemorative Art Projects.” Journal of North African Studies, special issue: “Maghrebi Artistic and Literary Expressions in the 21st Century.” Forthcoming 2016.

Howell, Jennifer. “Comics and the Demystification of France’s Immigration ‘Problem’: Reading Christophe Dabitch’s Immigrants.” Modern & Contemporary France 23.4 (2015): 1-20.

Howell, Jennifer. “Contes et légendes en filigrane: Lacunes et silences dans la transmission d’une mémoire vietnamienne chez Minh Tran Huy.” Women in French Studies: Forthcoming 2015.

Howell, Jennifer. “Vietnamese Foodways and Viet Kieu Postmemory in Clément Baloup’s Graphic Narratives.” European Comic Art 8.1 (2015): 25-51.

Howell, Jennifer. “The Practice of Multimodal Storytelling: Camus’s “L’hôte” as Bande Dessinée.” The French Review 87.1 (2013): 165-79.

Howell, Jennifer. “Sur les traces d’un père: ‘La quête harkéologique’ de Dalila Kerchouche.” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 15.4 (2011): 415-22.

Howell, Jennifer “Decoding Marc Garanger’s Photographic Message in La Guerre d’Algérie vue par un appelé du contingent.” Dalhousie French Studies 92 (2010): 85-95.

Howell, Jennifer. “In Defiance of Genre: The Language of Patrick Modiano’s Dora Bruder Project.” Journal of European Studies 40.1 (2010): 59-72.

Howell, Jennifer. “Georgette!: Le roman ‘beur’ face à la postmodernité.” Études Francophones 24.1-2 (2009): 60-69.

Howell, Jennifer. “Illustrating Independence: The Algerian War Comic of the 1980s.” The Middle East Institute Viewpoints (Special Edition): The State of the Arts in the Middle East (May 2009): 23-25.

Howell, Jennifer. “Reconstituting Cultural Memory through Image and Text in Leïla Sebbar’s Le Chinois vert d’Afrique.” French Cultural Studies 19.1 (2008): 57-70.

Grants & Contracts

Generation Study Abroad New Program Initiative. Office of International Studies and Programs. Illinois State University. (2015)
Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: Literature, the Arts, and Cinema since Independence. National Endowment for the Humanities. Federal. (2014)
Clément Baloup: A Case Study in Transnationalism and Diaspora in A Case Study in Transnationalism and Diaspora in Contemporary Viet Kieu Narrative. University Research Grant Program. Illinois State University. (2014)
Clément Baloup: The Colors of Exile. Harold K. Sage Foundation. Illinois State University. (2014)
International Travel Grant. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2014)
Reparative Narratives, Postmemory, and Photography: The Algerian War in French-Language Comics. University Research Grant Program. Illinois State University. (2013)
MECCPAC. Dean of Students. Illinois State University.