Sarah Davies Cordova

French and Francophone Studies
 Curtin Hall 782

Ph.D, French Literature, UCLA, 1993

Senior Research Fellow, Humanities, University of Johannesburg

Current Research Interests:

  • 19th – 21st Centuries French and Francophone literatures and cultures
  • Women’s fictional autobiographies and life stories
  • Representations in and of dance of post/colonial (hi)stories

Current Teaching Interests:

  • 19th-21st Centuries Antillean and Sub-Saharan Francophone literatures and cultures
  • Literary genres
  • Women’s Writings

Other Relevant Activities:

  • Chair, MALLT Coordinating Committee
  • Co-Coordinator, Festival of Films in French
  • Advisor, M.A. in French & Francophone Language, Literature and Culture
  • Co-Organiser, LACUSL Speakers Series
  • 1997- present    Reviewer, World Literature Today.
  • Chair, Editorial Board, Society of Dance History Scholars (2012-2015)
  • Director, Study Abroad, Paris, France (2013)

Recent Publications

Mère à Mère (Montréal: Éditions Mémoire d’encrier, 2019).Translation of Mother to Mother, by Sindiwe Magona (first published by David Philip Publishers, Cape Town, 1998).

Écrire, traduire, peindre – Véronique Tadjo – Writing, Translating, Painting, Co-Eds. Sarah Davies Cordova & Désiré Wa Kabwe-Segatti, Les Cahiers, Paris: Présence Africaine, 2016.

Gunima, une nouvelle africaine du dix-huitième siècle, Hippolyte Carnot, eds.  Sarah Davies Cordova and Antoinette Sol, Collection « Autrement Mêmes » , Paris : L’Harmattan, 2015

Le Nègre, Honoré de Balzac, eds. Sarah Davies Cordova and Antoinette Sol, Collection « Autrement Mêmes », Paris : L’Harmattan, 2011.

Le Mulâtre, Aurore Cloteaux (pseudonyme d’Honoré de Balzac et A. Lepitevin de l’Égreville). Eds.  Antoinette sol and Sarah Davies Cordova Collection « Autrement Mêmes », Paris : L’Harmattan, 2009.

“Paris Dances : Textual Choreographies of the Nineteenth-Century French Novel.” Bethesda: International Scholars Publications/ Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.


Talking Pointes… Rethinking 19th Century Dance. Conversations across the Field of Dance Studies XXXI, Guest co-editors S. Davies Cordova & Stephanie Schroedter (Freie Universität, Berlin), Society of Dance History Scholars (2011)


“Introduction Sarah Davies Cordova et Désiré Wa Kabwe-Segatti… en conversation avec Véronique Tadjo” in Écrire, traduire, peindre – Véronique Tadjo – Writing, Translating, Painting, Co-Eds. Sarah Davies Cordova & Désiré Wa Kabwe-Segatti, Les Cahiers, Paris: Présence Africaine, 2016: 11-20.

“African Refugees Asunder in South Africa: Performing the Fallout of Violence in Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking” in Choreographies of Twenty-first Century Wars, eds Gay Morris & Jens Giersdorf. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016): 85-109.

“Ending the Haunting, Halting Whisperings of the Unspoken: Confronting the Haitian Past in the Literary Works of Agnant, Danticat, and Trouillot” in Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of Repetition: A Global Dialogue on Historical Trauma and Memory, ed. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (Opladen & Berlin: Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2016): 213-33.

“La Métropole hospitalière? Une interrogation à partir de La Deuxième mort de Toussaint Louverture de Fabienne Pasquet,” Du nègre Bambara au Négropolitain: Les littératures africaines en contexte transculturel, eds. D. K. Wa Kabwe-Segatti & P. Halen, Collections Littérature des mondes contemporains série “Afriques” 4 (Université Paul Verlaine-Metz: 2009): 117-134.

“Raisonner ou résonner ? Expressions de l’Histoire et je(ux) de la mémoire dans les récits féminins haïtiens contemporains,” Le roman haïtien: intertextualité, parentés, affinités, eds. Yves Chemla & Alessandro Costantini.  Interculturel Francophonies 12 (nov-déc 2007): 123-140.

“Echo at Play in Antillean Women’s Generational Memories,” International Journal of the Humanities 2 (2004): 589-598.

“De la littérature haïtienne: travers de mémoire ou allégorie contemporaine” in Ecrire en pays assiégé Haiti Writing under Siege, eds M.-A. Sourieau & K. Balutansky.  (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004): 479-499.

Contribution to Proceedings

“De-ratifying the Ballet Dancer: Nineteenth-Century Paris and its rats de l’Opéra,”  Society of Dance History Scholars: Proceedings – Dance and the Social City,Thirty-fifth Annual International Conference (SDHS WEB publication, 2012): 83-93.

World Literature Today Book Reviews

“Gaël Faye. Petit Pays.” World Literature Today (July-Aug 2018): 78-79.

“Véronique Tadjo. En compagnie des hommes.” World Literature Today 91:6 (Nov-Dec 2017): 79-80.

“Lyonel Trouillot.  La belle amour humaine.” WLT  86:2 (March-April 2012): 73.

“Lyonel Trouillot.  L’Amour avant que j’oublie. ” WLT 82:4 (July-August 2008): 69.

“Louis-Philippe Dalembert. Les Dieux voyagent la nuit.” WLT 81:4 (July-August 2007): 60.

“Elvire Jean-Jacques Maurouard. L’Alchimie des rêves.” WLT 80: 2 (March-April 2006): 58.

“Evelyne Trouillot. Rosalie l’Infâme.”  WLT 78:3-4 (Sept-Dec 2004): 119.

“Lyonel Trouillot. Rue des pas perdus.” WLT 73:4 (Autumn 1999): 796.

Recent Professional service

March 11, 2019
Co-organiser and Convener: “From Immigrant to Migrant – The Politics of (French) Hospitality,” in conversation with Azouz Begag, French Minister for the Promotion of Equal Opportunity, Special Collections, UWM

January 25, 2019
Organizer and Convener: Laura Wagner (Duke University) “Bringing Memory Home : The Digital Repatriation of the Archives of Radio Haïti-Inter”, AGSL, UWM

October 2018
Organiser & convener: “A celebration of Petit Pays and its translation Small Country” with Franco-Rwandese Rapper, Composer and Novelist, Gaël Faye, & musical accompaniement by Paul Cebar, Hefter Center, UWM

October 27, 2017
Organiser, “When Words and Images Matter: Challenges to our Times – A Conversation with Christiane Taubira & Raoul Peck”

September 22, 2017
A conversation-presentation with Yanick Lahens: “Writing in Haiti and Telling Stories of Universal Human Truths”, Special Collections, Golda Meir Libraries, UWM

March 15, 2017
A conversation with Carine Kaneza: “Crisis in Burundi”, IWA and FICL, Special Collections, Golda Meir Libraries, UWM

April 12, 2016
A conversation with Kettly Mars: “Parole-femme – Woman’s words from and about Haïti”, Special Collections, UWM Golda Meir Library, UWM

March 22, 2016
In Conversation with Josephine Bacon, Special Collections, Golda Meir Libraries, UWM

March 10, 2015
Conversation with Rodney Saint-Éloi: “What is Francophonie? Haitian and Quebec Perspectives in Conversation and Poetry” with consecutive interpretation by Selima Ben Chagra, Hefter Conference Center, UWM

April 8, 2013
“Writing Past History: A round-table conversation with internationally acclaimed novelists: Myriam Chancy, Louis Philippe Dalembert, Daniel Vyleta,” UWM

November 7, 2013
Organised talk: “Lumumbist Women and the Decolonization of the Congo,” Prof. Karen Bouwer, University of San Francisco

April 13, 2012
Moderator, panel “Post-genocide Rwanda: Restitution, Retribution & Recovery” with Drs Rangira Béa & Tim Gallimore (Step Up!) & Sarah Gendron, Marquette University

March 2012
Co-organiser of International Conference “Haiti 2012 : Dreams & Reality — pays rêvé, pays reel” with writers L.-P. Dalembert, Y. Lahens, L. Trouillot; film-maker A. Antonin; Art Historian & curator M. Perodin-Jérôme; and artist E. Duval-Carrié, Milwaukee, WI (March 5-9):