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About Joelle Vitiello

Vitiello teaches 20th Century French literature, Haitian and African literature and culture, French, African and Caribbean Cinema, contemporary French culture, women writing in French, as well as French language at all levels. Her specialization is in representations of relationships (love, motherhood, friendship and transmission of knowledge) in contemporary literature. She co-edited a book on women writers from the French-speaking Caribbean in 1997 and has published on Haitian literature, postcolonial theory, representations of friendship in anthropology and literature, and women writers from Canada, Haiti, France and Belgium. Beside completing a manuscript on representations of friendship in anthropology, philosophy and literature, she is working on cinematic representations of diverse communities in French cities, and on representations of systemic violence (especially in Haiti and Rwanda). In 2004–05, she taught Western and Equatorial African Cinema and a course on Haiti.
EDUCATION: D.E.U.G., Universite Paris XIII; Licence es Lettres Modernes, Universite Paris XIII; First Certificate of Master’s Degree, Universite Paris XIII; M.A., PhD Stanford University.
Vitiello has been teaching at Macalester since 1990.


Present Professor, French and Francophone Studies, Macalester College

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  • Contemporary French Culture
  • Children/Youth in Film
  • French and African Cinema in Dialogue

Contact Information

Macalester College
Neill Hall, 408
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6412


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Books (2)

Contributions to Books (17)