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Françoise Lionnet teaches French, Francophone, and comparative literatures at UCLA. She directs the UCLA Coleman African Studies Center and co-directs the Mellon postdoctoral program “Cultures in Transnational Perspective.” She is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association and was Chair of the UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies. Her books include Autobiographical Voices: Race, Gender, Self-Portraiture; Postcolonial Representations: Women, Literature, Identity; and two volumes of collected essays focused on the Indian Ocean, Interlocutions critiques et décalages transcoloniaux: Subjectivité, genre et ironie and Le su et l’incertain: Cosmopolitiques créoles, both forthcoming in July 2012 in Mauritius. She has edited numerous volumes, including the books Minor Transnationalism and The Creolization of Theory, and she is completing The Indies, Otherwise: Creolization and Transcolonial Comparison.