Ndeye Ba is Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Ryerson University. Dr. Ndeye Ba holds a PhD in comparative literature and culture from Western University, an MA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, an MA and BA, with distinction, from Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar), and two Certificates of Specialization. Dr. Ba first joined Ryerson as a contract lecturer in 2014. Since 2017, she has held the positions of French placement test administrator (LLC) and academic coordinator in French (Continuing Education). The assistant professor has an extensive teaching record, from beginner to advanced through literature and business; she has taught all levels of French at Ryerson. She was the subject matter expert in developing French Caribbean literature and culture (CFRS 602) as an online course, which focuses on literature, culture and arts of the Francophone Caribbean. Dr. Ba’s research, which is tied to her teaching interests, investigates how literary plurilingualism is used both as an aesthetic and a political project. It interrogates the relationships between language, power, identity, politics, gender and literature. It explores how Europhone literature – Africa and the Caribbean in particular – functions as a hermeneutic of resistance. By studying texts written in both French and English, Dr. Ba’s research reinforces the validity of Francophone literary criticism within the larger realm of postcolonial studies. It helps alleviate the Anglophone “bias” of postcolonial studies as well as dispel fears that “the post-colonial has ears only for the English.” She has also authored a number of conference presentations and peer-reviewed articles. Her most recent publication can be found in Comparative Literature for the New Century (2018).
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