College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jonathon Repinecz

Jonathon Repinecz

Jonathon Repinecz

Assistant Professor

Modern African literatures and cultures; Modern francophone and French literatures and cultures; Folklore and oral literature; Intersections of literature and anthropology; Postcolonial theory; Wolof language

Jonathon Repinecz specializes in francophone literatures of West Africa.  His current book project studies written adapations of oral epic narratives from this region.  Repinecz has published on the Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop and on writer/filmmaker Ousmane Sembene.  He has written and presented on a number of other African writers, including Ahmadou Kourouma, Amadou Hampâté Bâ, and Aminata Sow Fall, among others.  He has translated a number of scholarly articles on Africanist anthropology.  At GMU he offers courses on African literature, francophone literature, and French language.

Selected Publications


“‘This is Not a Pipe’?: Reflexivity, Fictionality, and Dialogism in Sembène’s Films.” Journal of African Cinemas 8.2 (2016): 181-197.

“The Tales of Tomorrow: Toward a Futurist Vision of Wolof Tradition.”  Journal of African Cultural Studies 15.1 (2015): 56-70.

Book Reviews:

Dominic Thomas, Africa and France: Postcolonial Cultures, Migration, and RacismInternational Journal of African Historical Studies 47.3 (2014): 510-511.

Patrick Voisin (dir.), Ahmadou Kourouma, entre poétique romanesque et littérature politique.  La Plume francophone.  14 April 2017.

Book Mansucript in Progress: 

Subversive Traditions: Reinventing the West African Epic.




Ph.D, UC Berkeley, 2013

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2005