Valérie K. Orlando is Professor of French & Francophone Literatures
in the Department of French & Italian. 

She is the author of six books:


  • The Algerian New Novel: The Poetics of a Modern Nation, 1950-1979 (UVAP, 2017), 
  • New African Cinema (Rutgers UP, 2017), 
  • Screening Morocco: Contemporary Film in a Changing Society (Ohio UP, 2011), 
  • Francophone Voices of the ‘New Morocco’ in Film and Print: (Re)presenting a Society in Transition (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009), 
  • Of Suffocated Hearts and Tortured Souls: Seeking Subjecthood Through Madness in Francophone Women’s Writing of Africa and the  Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2003)
  • Nomadic Voices of Exile: Feminine Identity in Francophone Literature of the Maghreb, (Ohio University Press, 1999). 
She has written numerous articles on Francophone women’s writing from the African diaspora, African Cinema, and French literature and culture.  She has co-edited with Sandra Messinger Cypess, Re-Imagining the Caribbean: Conversations among the Creole, French, Spanish and English Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2014) and most recently with Pamela Pears, Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness, and Exile (Lexington Books, 2018).
Department of French & Italian 
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures
3215 Jimenez Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
email: / Tel: 301-405-5047
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