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Kodjo Adabra

Department Chair & Associate Professor of Francophone Studies
Welles 209A

Kodjo Adabra has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2010. 

« Nous ne sommes rien sur terre si nous ne sommes d'abord
les esclaves d'une cause, de la cause des peuples,
la cause de la justice et de la liberté. » Frantz Fanon

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Office Hours: Fall 2019

  • Mondays 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 1:00-1:30 p.m.
  • and Thursdays by appointment

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., French & Francophone Literature, University of Tennessee

  • M.A., French, North Carolina State University

  • M.S., Management Sciences, Université de Lomé, Togo

  • B.S., Management Sciences, Université de Lomé, Togo


  • Member of AATF (American Association of Teachers of French)

  • Member of NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)

  • Member of ALA (African Literature Association)

  • Member of CIEF (Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones)

  • Reviewer of NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research) proceedings

  • Reviewer for the post-graduate electronic journal 'e-pisteme' based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University, UK


  • Adabra, Kodjo. "La Francophonie sous le regard critique du 'Franco-Africain': Mongo Béti mis en exergue" (Forthcoming...)

  • Adabra, Kodjo. "(Dé)construction du 'réel-fiction' et formation de la 'zone grise' chez Maryse Condé et Kangni Alem." 9na Edición de la Conferencia Científica Internacional de la Universidad de Holguín. Editorial ConCiencia Ediciones. ISBN: 978-959-7237-34-1 (2019).

  • Adabra, Kodjo. “La littérature togolaise dans le collimateur de la critique universitaire aux États-Unis.” Littérature Togolaise : Discours et figures d’autorité, edited by Anatole Koffi Molley, Editions Continents, 2018, pp. 263-284.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. Rev. of Kraft: fictions et épisodes, by Mahmoud Mahmoud N’Dongo. The French Review 89.4 (2016) : 272-73.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. " ‘Little Senegal’ ou le voyage solitaire vers l’imaginaire identitaire" French Literature Series XLI (2016) : 184-197.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. Rev. of La légende de l'assassin, by Kangni Alem. The French Review 89.3 (2016) : 251-52.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. "Portée et analyse comparative de la pensée journalistique de Mongo Béti." Dalhousie French Studies 105 (2015) : 63-76.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. La bêtise humaine, Lome: Editions Awoudy, 2015.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. "Peuples Noirs, Peuples Africains à la croisée idéologique avec Fanon et Achebe" Nouvelles Études Francophones 29.1 (2014): 129-46.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. L'œuvre journalistique de Mongo Beti: Contours et regard critique. Diss. U of Tennessee, 2010. Saarbrücken: Presses Académiques Francophones, 2013. Print.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. "De l’engagement littéraire au complexe linguistique: Mongo Béti et Ngugi Wa Thiong’o en phase de transition. " L’Érudit Franco-Espagnol 1 (2012): 100-11.

More About Me

Research Interests

Dr. Kodjo Adabra's primary research deals with Francophone sub-Saharan Literatures of Post-colonial Africa, as well as identity and trends in African Diaspora literatures. He works particularly on the journalistic work by Cameroonian author Alexandre Biyidi-Awala, alias Mongo Beti, and is currently working on Togolese novelist Kangni Alemdjrodo (alias Alem). Professor Adabra also researches sociolinguistic issues with African languages as means of literary work. He has published in several peer-reviewed journals including major publications such as The French Review, Dalhousie French Studies, and Nouvelles Études Francophones. He is also a published novelist and has secondary interests in creative writing.

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Other Interests

  • World Civilizations
  • African literature
  • Creative writing
  • Study abroad in Senegal
  • French for Business
  • Poetry
  • Martial Arts


  • FREN 202: Intermediate French II

    A continuation of FREN 201. Prerequisites: FREN 201 or its equivalent.

  • FREN 314: M/Contemp Francophone Civ

    This course is a study of the main aspects of modern institutions and ways of life in the French-speaking world outside Europe (e.g., Africa, North America, and the Caribbean). Discussions are based on authentic sources from the Internet, books, magazines, recordings, and interviews. Aural and oral skills are emphasized. Prerequisites: FREN 301. Credits: 3(3-0). Offered fall, odd years