Z’étoile Imma is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. A recipient of several prestigious research fellowships including the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, and the Moreau Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity at the University of Notre Dame, her work explores gender and sexuality in contemporary Anglophone African literature, film, and new media; African feminisms; postcolonial queer studies; and African city studies. With the support of the Mellon Mays Fellowship and numerous travel grants, she has engaged in cultural studies research in Ghana, Benin, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Senegal, The Gambia, and Eritrea. Dr. Imma has published essays on gender and representation in African texts including “’Just Ask the Scientists’: Troubling the ‘Venus Hottentot’ and Scientific Racism in Bessie Head's Maru and Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy" included in the edited collection: Representation and Black Womanhood: The Legacy of Sarah Baartman (Palgrave Macmillan 2011). Her current project examines love, space, and masculinities in African feminist fiction and film.her book manuscript Intimate Men/Intimate Spaces: (Re)Locating African Masculinities and the Postcolony in African Feminist Fiction and Film.
Select Courses: Love Stories from Africa, African Women Writers (undergraduate)
Department of English bio Zimma@nd.edu 574/631-9035