H. Adlai Murdoch

Contact Info
Tufts University
Dept. of Romance Studies
Olin Center 215
180 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.4801
Email Professor
Professor of Francophone Studies
Director of Africana Studies

Ph. D. Cornell University, M.A. Howard University, B.A. University of the West Indies

French Caribbean Literature; Postcolonial Studies; Migration and Diaspora: Cultural and Film Studies

  • The Struggle of Non-Sovereign Caribbean Territories: Neoliberalism Since the French Antillean Uprisings of 2009. H. Adlai Murdoch, editor. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2021, forthcoming.
  • Creolizing the Metropole: Migratory Caribbean Identities in Literature and Film. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012.
  • Postcolonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005. Co-Editor with Anne Donadey.
  • Creole Identity in the French Caribbean Novel. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.
  • "Metropolitan Mosaics and Melting-Pots: Paris and Montreal in Francophone Literatures." Co-Editor with Pascale De Souza: 2013
  • "Francophone Cultures and Geographies of Identity." Co-Editor with Zsuzsanna Fagyal: 2013

Editorship-Journal Special Issues
  • Research in African Literatures
    Guest/Commissioning Editor, Special Issue, "Aimé Césaire, 1913-2008: Poet, Politician, Cultural Statesman." RAL 41:1, Spring 2010
  • International Journal of Francophone Studies
    Co-Editor with Jane Kuntz, Special triple Issue, "Departmentalization at Sixty: The French DOMs and the Paradoxes of the Periphery," 11 (1-3), 2008

Recent Articles
  • "Tout-monde, chaos-monde, and the DOM: Inscribing Community Identity in Gerty Dambury's Les Rétifs." Forthcoming in L'Esprit créateur, Fall 2021: "His Legacy Relates: Edouard Glissant's Thought in Literature and Culture." Special Issue on Edouard Glissant. Renée Larrier and Georgette Mitchell, guest editors.
  • "René Ménil: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and the Antillean Subject." Forthcoming in the CLR James Journal, Special Issue, "The Postcolonial Aesthetics of René Ménil," vol. 26, nos. 1-2, Fall 2020.
  • "Doubling the Discourses of the Self: Language and Memory in Maryse Condé's Autobiographies." In Research in African Literatures, vol. 51, no. 3 (Fall 2020), 119-144.
  • "Enoch Powell, Stuart Hall, And Post-Windrush Caribbean Identity in Britain." In Small Axe: sx Salon 29, October 2018.
  • "Stuart Hall: Diasporic Caribbeanness and Discourses of Ethnocultural Belonging." In African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal. Special issue on Hybridizing and Decolonizing the Metropole: Stuart Hall, Caribbean Routes and Diasporic Identity, Vol 11, No. 3, 2018.
  • Créolité", Creolization, and Contemporary Caribbean Culture." Small Axe 52, 180-98, March 2017.
  • "Locating History Within Fiction's Frame: Re-Presenting L'Epopée Delgrès in Maximin and Lara." In the Journal of American Studies, Special Edition, 'Acts of Emancipation,' vol. 49, 2, (May 2015), pp. 241-66.
  • "Edouard Glissant's Creolized World Vision: From Resistance and Relation to Opacité" In Callaloo, vol. 36, no. 4, (Fall 2013), pp. 875-89). Special commemorative issue on Edouard Glissant.
  • "L'Identité-Résistance: Antillanité, Relation, Opacité." In Revue des sciences humaines, no. 309, janvier-mars 2013, pp. 189-202. Special issue: "Entours d'Edouard Glissant." Valérie Loichot, ed.
  • "Aimé Césaire, the Colonial Exhibition, and the Modernity of the Black Atlantic." International Journal of Francophone Studies, 14: 1&2 (2011), 57-74. Special Issue: "Afromodernisms." Fionnghuala Sweeney and Kate Marsh, Guest Editors.
  • Editorial introduction: "Ars poetica, ars politica: The Double Life of Aimé Césaire." In Research in African Literatures 41:1, Spring 2010. Special issue: "Aimé Césaire, 1913-2008: Poet, Politician, Cultural Statesman."


Recent Book Chapters
  • "BUMIDOM: Internal Migration as a lieu de mémoire." Forthcoming in Postcolonial Realms of Memory, Etienne Achille, Charles Forsdick and Lydie Moudileno, eds. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019.
  • "Glissant's Opacité and the Re-Conceptualization of Identity." In Theorizing Glissant: Sites and Citations, eds. Marisa Parham and John E. Drabinski London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015, 7-27.
  • "Continental Creolization: French Exclusion through a Glissantian Prism." In Creolising Europe. Encarnacion Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Margaret Littler, and Shirley Tate, eds. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015, 57-79.
  • "The Discourses of Jean Rhys." In Jean Rhys: Twenty-First Century Approaches, Erica Johnson and Patricia Moran, eds. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015, 146-67.
  • "Creolization and Créolité." In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz, eds. New York: Blackwell, 2015.
  • "Creole/creollismo/créolité." In Critical Terms in Caribbean and Latin American Thought: Historical and Institutional Trajectories, Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel, Ben. Sifuentes-Jauregui, and Marisa Belausteguigoitia, eds. New York: Palgrave, 2015, 156-68.