Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Office: Guilford 207
PhD in Interdisciplinary French Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1996) with an emphasis on Francophone Women Writers of Cameroon.
MA in Linguistics with an emphasis on African Linguistics, University of Chicago (1990).
MA in French, University of Illinois at Chicago (1989) with coursework at the Université de Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle.
BA in The Teaching of French and Russian, University of Illinois at Chicago (1987) with coursework at the Université de Paris IV, Sorbonne
Professor Toman’s single-authored book, Contemporary Matriarchies in Cameroonian Francophone Literature (Summa 2008) is the first comprehensive text on the history of women’s writing in Francophone Cameroon and focuses specifically on women’s empowerment through the rewriting of traditions from an Afro-centric perspective.
Toman’s other major publications include an edited volume entitled, On Evelyne Accad: Essays in Literature, Feminism, and Cultural Studies (Summa 2007), a translation of Noureddine Aba’s It Was Yesterday Sabra and Chatila and co-author of introduction (with Evelyne Accad), for double bi-lingual (French / English) volume along with Montjoie Palestine! translated by E. Accad), (L’Harmattan June 2004), an edited volume and author of the introduction of Thérèse Kuoh-Moukoury’s Rencontres essentielles. (MLA Texts and Translations Series, 2002, reprinted in 2008) and a translated volume with introductory critique of Thérèse Kuoh-Moukoury’s Essential Encounters,. MLA Texts and Translations Series, June 2002.
Toman’s articles are included in Research in African Literatures, The French Review, Northwest Review, Marginalia, French Literature Series, Arab Studies Quarterly, International Journal of the Humanities, Dalhousie French Studies, Women in French Studies, and French Prose in 2000, among other publications and scholarly journals.
Toman was named a Fulbright Scholar in Spring 2007 for which she taught a graduate seminar on African Women’s Literature at Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and conducted research on Lebanese communities in Francophone African countries. This research resulted in two guest-edited volumes, one for Women’s Studies International Forum on Women, War, and Conflict and another for Al-Raida on Women, Activism, and the Arts.
Toman continues to run FRCH 308: The
Paris Experience on-site in France since 2003.
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