Ayo A. Coly

Academic Appointments

Professor of Comparative Literature
Professor of African and African American Studies

210 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)


“Carmen Goes Postcolonial, Carmen Goes Queer: Thinking the Postcolonial as Queer.” Culture, Theory and Critique. 2015


“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

Monograph on World Literature and Congolese/French writer Alain Mabanckou

Postcolonial Hauntologies