Michelle Bumatay

Dr. Michelle Bumatay

Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Office Location
Diffenbaugh 303B
Office Hours

R 1:00-3:00

Michelle Bumatay, (PhD, French and Francophone Studies, UCLA) is an Assistant Professor of French specializing in African Francophone literature and visual culture. Her current book project, Black Bandes Dessinées, describes the development of Francophone comics by cartoonists from Sub-Saharan Africa and investigates cartoonists’ verbal-visual strategies in their representations of everyday life in Africa and the Diaspora. She is the 2015 recipient of the Annual Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award for her conference paper, “Madame Livingstone and Notre Histoire: Travels in Time,” and she has published in Contemporary French Civilization, European Comic Art, Alternative Francophone, and Research in African Literatures.

Research Interests

African Francophone literature, culture, and history
Film, Media, and Comics Studies
Postcolonial theory
Migration Studies
Genocide Studies

Courses Taught

Education and Identity in Francophone Africa: Literature, Film, and Graphic Novels.
Dessinatrices francophones (Francophone Women Cartoonists).
Caribbean Literature in French.
The Francophone Novel: L’Algérie de qui ? (Whose Algeria?).
The French Novel and Cinema: Immigration and Identity.

Selected Publications

  • “African Bande Dessinée Festivals & Competitions: Participation, Patronage, and Performance,” in Research in African Literatures 50.2 (2019).
  • “The 4th Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award Winning Essay: Notre histoire and Madame Livingstone¬: travels in time,” in Contemporary French Civilization 42.2 (2017). 141-169.
  • “Plural Pathways, Plural Identities: Jean-Philippe Stassen’s ‘Les Visiteurs de Gibraltar,’” in Postcolonial Comics: Texts, Events, Identities, Eds. Benita Mehta and Pia Mukherji, London: Routledge, 2015. 29-43.
  • “Postcolonial Interjections: Jean-Philippe Stassen Illustrates Heart of Darkness and We Killed Mangy-Dog,” Alternative Francophone 1.8 (2015): 18-36.
  • “Humor as a Way to Re-Image and Re-Imagine Gabon and France in La vie de Pahé and Dipoula” European Comic Art 5.2 (2012): 45–66.