Kaiama L. Glover

Associate Professor of French

Having received a B.A. in French History and Literature and Afro-American Studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in French and Romance Philology from Columbia University, Kaiama L. Glover joined the faculty of Barnard College as Assistant Professor of French in 2002. Her teaching and research interests include francophone literature, particularly that of Haiti and the French Antilles, colonialism and postcolonialism, and African cinema. She is an advisor to students in French, Africana Studies, Comparative Literature, and Human Rights. Kaiama has published articles in The French ReviewSmall AxeResearch in African LiteraturesThe Journal of Postcolonial Writings, and The Journal of Haitian Studies, among others. She has been on the editorial board of the Romanic Review since 2002, on the editorial board of Small Axe since 2012, is a founder and co-coordinator of the Transnational and Transcolonial Caribbean Studies Research Group, and has been a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review.

Professor Glover's book, Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool UP 2010), addresses the general issue of canon formation in the francophone Caribbean and the particular fate of the Haitian Spiralist authors vis-à-vis this canon. Her current projects include Disorderly Women, a study of the ethics of narcissism and configurations of the feminine in 20th and 21st century Caribbean fiction, "New Narratives of Haiti," a special issue of Transition magazine (May 2013), and Revisiting Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine, an edited volume of critical essays forthcoming with Yale French Studies


French Language and Literature
Africana Studies
Human Rights Studies






Disorderly Women: “Narcissism,” Community, and Gender in Caribbean Prose Fiction (in progress).

Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon. Liverpool University Press, 2010.


Edited Volumes

The Haiti Reader. Duke University Press (accepted for publication, in progress) [co-edited with Laurent Dubois, Nadève Ménard, Millery Polyné, and Chantelle Verna].

Revisiting Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine, for Yale French Studies (accepted  for publication, in progress) [co-edited with Alessandra Benedicty].

New Narratives of Haiti, for Transition Magazine No. 111 (2013) [co-edited with Laurent Dubois].

Josephine Baker: a Century in the Spotlight, for the The Scholar and the Feminist Online 6.1-6.2, fall 2007-spring 2008.

Order, Disorder, and Freedom: an Homage to Maryse Condé, for the Romanic Review. Columbia University Press, 2004.


Journal Articles

“Confronting the Communal: Maryse Conde’s Challenge to New World Orders in Moi, Tituba,” French Forum 37.3 (in press).

 “‘Black’ Radicalism in Haiti and the Disorderly Feminine: The Case of Marie Vieux Chauvet,” Small Axe 17.1 40 (March 2013): 7-21.

 “New Narratives of Haiti, or, How to Empathize with a Zombie,” Small Axe 16.3 39 (November 2012): 199-207.

 “Same Difference: Incoherent Being(s) in Jean-Claude Fignolé’s Early Prose Fiction,” The French Review 85.2 (December 2011).

“Tituba’s Fall: Maryse Conde’s Counter-Narrative of the Female Slave Self,” Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 15.1 (January 2011): 99-106.

“Presenting the Past: The Persistence of the Para-Revolutionary Moment in Jean-Claude Fignolé’s Aube Tranquille,” Research in African Literatures 41.4 (November 2010): 208-26.

“The Ambivalent Transnationalism of a Literature World. In French,” Small Axe 33 14.3 (October 2010): 99-110.

“The Consequences of ‘Not-Paris,” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 44.3 (September 2008): 275-88.

“Showing vs. Telling: spiralisme in the light of antillanité,” Journal of Haitian Studies 14.1 (spring 2008): 91-117.

“Exploiting the Undead: the Usefulness of the Zombie Figure in Haitian Literature,” Journal of Haitian Studies 11.2 (fall 2005): 105-121.



BA, Harvard University
DEA, Université de Paris IV, la Sorbonne
MA, MPhil, PhD,  University


In the News

New BCRW series widens the feminist conversation

Haiti Unbound:  A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon

By Kaiama L. Gover

For The New York Times, Assistant Professor of French Kaiama Glover reviewed the book Harlem: A Century in Images.