“Revolutionary Dreams and Haitian Girlhood"
Régine Michelle Jean-Charles is a Black feminist literary scholar and cultural critic specializing in francophone studies. Her scholarship and teaching on world literatures in French includes work on Black France, Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. She is currently Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in French and African and African Diaspora Studies, and an AM and PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Mays Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
Her first book, Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014) examines theoretical, visual, and literary texts that challenge the dominant views of sexual violence. She has authored numerous scholarly articles that have appeared in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Haitian Studies, American Quarterly, Callaloo, French Forum, Journal of Romance Studies, Research in African Literatures, and Small Axe. Her current research focuses on girlhood in contemporary Haitian literature and visual culture. Professor Jean-Charles serves as a board member of A Long Walk Home, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets like WGBH and Cognoscenti, where she has weighed in on topics ranging from #metoo to issues affecting the Haitian diaspora.
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