Ayo A. Coly

Academic Appointments

Professor, Comparative Literature & African and African American Studies
Chair, Program in African & African American Studies
Research Associate, The University of Johannesburg

216 Reed Hall, Comparative Literature; 200 Choate House, African and African American Studies
HB 6051
African and African American Studies
Comparative Literature
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Selected Publications

Postcolonial Hauntologies: African Women's Discourses of the Female Body. (University of Nebraska Press, 2019.)

The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender, Migration, and the Claims of Postcolonial Nationhood in Francophone African Literatures. (Lexington Books, 2010)

Homophobic Africa?, editor; special issue of African Studies Review, special issue 56.2 (2013)


"He who Sows Colonization Will Reap Immigration: Some Insights from the New Migritude." The Minnesota Review  94 (Spring 2020)

“Alain Mabanckou and the Category of World Literature.” Research in African Literatures 51.3 (forthcoming, Fall 2020)


"Conceptualizing Medical Humanities Programs in Low-Resource Settings in Africa." with Quentin Eichabaum and al. Academic Medicine, Vol. 94, No. 8 / August 2019.

“The Invention of the Homosexual: How Homophobia became a Political Strategy in Senegal.” Gender and Sexuality in Senegal. Eds. M’Baye Babacar and Besi Muhonja. Lexington Books, 2019. 27-52.

“Carmen Goes Postcolonial, Carmen Goes Queer: Thinking the Postcolonial as Queer.” Culture, Theory and Critique 57.3 (2016): 391-407


“Un/Clothing African Womanhood: Colonial Statements and Postcolonial Discourses of the African Female Body." The Journal of Contemporary African Studies 33.1 (2015): 12-26. 

"Afropean Masculinities as Bricolage.” Francophone Afropean Literatures. Eds Nicki Hitchcott and Dominic Thomas. Liverpool: University of Liverpool Press, 2014. 155-170.

"Homophobic Africa?” African Studies Review 56.2 (2013): 21-32.

“A Pedagogy of the Black Female Body: Angèle Essamba's Black Female Nudes.” Third Text 24.6 (2010): 653-664.

 “Housing and Homing the Black Female Body in France: Calixthe Beyala and the Legacy of Sarah Baartman and Josephine Baker.” Black Womanhood: Icons, Images and Ideologies of the African Body. University of Washington Press, 2008.  259-278.

The Cultures and Letters of the Black Diaspora, editor with Ivy G. Wilson; special issue of Callaoo 30.2 (2007)

 “Black is the Color of the Cosmos or Callaloo and The Cultures of the Diaspora Now,”  with Ivy G. Wilson;  Callaloo 30.2 (2007): 415-419

“Male Wives, Female Husbands: Immigration, Gender and Home.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 32.3-4 (2005): 325-342.

“Court Poet and Wild Child: Two Readings of Calixthe Beyala’s Les Honneurs perdus Nottingham French Studies 43.3 (2004): 15-27.

“Neither Here Nor There: Calixthe Beyala’s Collapsing Homes.” Research in African Literatures 33.2 (2002): 34-45.


 “Autobiography or Autojustification: Re-reading Bugul’s Le baobab fou.” The Literary Griot 11.2 (1999): 56-69.

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Works in progress

African Literature from Above Meets World Literature from Below (book on World Literature and Congolese/French writer Alain Mabanckou)

The Arts of Gender Parity: Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal (book)

Postcolonial Hauntologies