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Selected Critical Responses, Book Reviews, Articles



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Le voyage d’un érudit, enthousiasmé par l’Aveyron,” Le Villefranchois, le 08/09/2022,

A Malian Writer Finds a Postmortem Revival: How a French literary event in 2021 brought author Yambo Ouologuem back to life,” Oliva Snaije. NEW/LINES, July 27, 2022.

“Yambo Ouologuem, D’Écrivain célèbre à vendeur de charbon de bois,” Kahdim Ndiaye. Seneplus Nov. 22, 2021

(Re)Lire Yambo Ouologuem: Hommage à une plume africaine majeure,” Diacritik: Le Magazine qui met l’accent. Hiver 2022.

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr: La Plus Secrète Mémoire des hommes.” The Modern Novel.

“Du Renaudot (1968) au Goncourt (2021), Les riches heures africaines des lettres d’expression francaise,” Abejil Lahjourmi. Quid: Actus & Analyses, 24 Jan 2022.

Putting French Literary History on Trial,” by Doyle Calhoun. Sydney Review of Books. May 26, 2022.

“The Undoing of a Semi-Authoritarian Regime: The Term Limit Debate and the Fall of Blaise Compaoré in Burkina Faso,” by Daniel Eizenga & Leonardo A. Villalón. The Politics of Challenging Presidential Term Limits in Africa, New York: Springer, 2020: 141-170.

Contre, sans et après Ouologuem: le paradoxe des (ré)éditions et des études de son oeuvre,” by Jean-Pierre Orban. Fabula: La recherche en littérature 18 avril 2019.

“Yambo Ouologuem au seuil des Éditions du Seuil,” by Sarah Burnautzki. Fabula: La recherche en littérature 18 avril 2019.

Burkina Faso: A History of Power, Protest, and Revolution, by Ernest Harsch. London: Zed Books, 2017.

Review: “Wise, Christopher Sorcery, Totem, and Jihad in African Philosophy,” by T. L. Lott, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Vol. 55 (2), October 2017: 219.

Muslims beyond the Arab world: The odyssey of ajami and the Muridiyya, by Fallou Ngom. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Clarity and Doubt: Derrida Among the Palestinians,” by Martin McQuillan. Paragraph 39 (2) 2016: 220-237.

Review “Deconstructing Zionism: A Critique of Political Metaphysics,” by Nigel Parsons, New Zealand International Review, Vol. 41, Issue 1 (Jan/Feb 2016): 31.

“The Language of Science and the Science of Language: Chomsky’s Cartesianism,” by David Golumbia. Diacritics, Vol. 43, No. 1 (2015): 38-62.

“The Tribulations of a Sahelian Traveler: An Interview with Michel Tinguiri,” by Alassane Abdoulaye Dia. JELLIC: Journal of English Language, Literature, and Culture, Volume 4, Number 1, March/April 2015.

“Rev of Deconstructing Zionism: A Critical of Metaphysical Politics,” by Netta van Vliet, Critical Inquiry, March 12, 2015.

“Coming Home to Algeria: The Case of Derrida,” by Dennis Schep. Derrida Today Conference, Fordham University, New York City, June 2014,

“Augustine the African: Post-colonial, Postcolonial, and Post-Postcolonial Readings,” by David E. Wilhite. Postcolonial Theory and Theology, Volume 5, Issue 1 (July 2014).

Review, Deconstructing Zionism: A Critique of Political Metaphysics,” by David Lloyd. Los Angeles Review of Books, August 17, 2014.

“Review: Chomsky and Deconstruction: The Politics of Unconscious Knowledge,” by Mara Steele. Derrida Today, Volume 7, (May 2014): 106-111.

Review: Deconstructing Zionism,” by Rumy Hasan, E-International Relations: The

World’s Leading Website For Students and Scholars of International Politics. April 14, 2014.

“Masculinitiés ‘noires,’ renégociées Yambo Ouologuem au prisme de ses representations d’ethnicité et de genre,” by Sarah Burnautzki, HeLix: Dossiers zur romanischen Literaturwissenschaft, #6 (2013): 5: 12-35.

“Mal de Sionisme (Zionist Fever),” by Gil Andijar in Living Together: Derrida’s Communities of Violence and Peace, ed. by Elisabeth Weber. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013: 44-58.

“Review: Derrida, Africa, and the Middle East,” by Andrew Hageman, Christianity and Literature, Vol. 63, Issue 1, (Autumn) 2013: 153-156.

“Here is Why Deconstructing Zionism Is Important: To Criticize Zionism Means To Ask Justice For Its Victims,” by Michael Marder. Aljazeera. 08 December 2013.

“Derrida and the Crisis of French Zionism,” by Andrew Ryder. Jadaliyya (April 23, 2013) and Warscapes (April 15, 2013).

“Review: Mahmud Kati, Ta’rikh al-fattash: The Timbuktu Chronicles 1493- 1599,” by Nubai Kai. Journal of the African Literature Association, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2013).

“Review: Being Arab: Arabism and The Politics of Recognition,” by Valerie A. Booth. Journal of the African Literature Association, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2012): 174-175.

The Africa-Centered, Activist, and Critical Philosophy of Derrida,’ B. Agozino, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 2011.

Book Review: “The Timbuktu Chronicles, 1493-1599, Edited by Christopher Wise,” by Stephen Ney. Chimo, Number 62 (Fall 2011): 20-23.

“The Arabs and History [Book Review of Christopher Wise & Paul James’ Being Arab],” by Leo Rosenblatt, Arena Magazine, No. 111, April/May 2011: 49-52.

Book Review: “Derrida, Africa, and the Middle East: Critical Philosophy for Africa,” by Emilia Ilieva, Daily Nation (Kenya), Sunday, December 18, 2011.

“Algeria as Postcolony? Rethinking the Colonial Legacy of Post-Structuralism,” by Muriam Haleh Davis. Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy/Revue de la philosophie francaise et de langue francaise, Vol. 19, No, 2 (2011): 136-152.

“Noam Chomsky-Biography,” The European Graduate School.

“Curtain Rises for Ballet, Book by Western Professor,” by Grace Moore, The Western Front, Thursday, April 5, 2011: 4.


“Emerald Bay: Bellingham Ballet Revisits History,” by Amy Kepferle, Cascadia Weekly, (5/25/11): No. 21, Vol. 6: 15.

“Ballet Illuminates History: Stunning Production From Local Company,” by Christopher Key. Entertainment News NW, May 27, 2011.

“’Emerald Bay’ Ballet Chronicles Chinese Expulsion of 1885,” by Marian Liu, The Seattle Times, May 12, 2011.

Algeria’s Impact on French Philosophy: Between Poststructuralist Theory and Colonial Practice,” by Muriam Haleh Davis, Jadaliyya, June 6, 2011. 

“Teaching the African Novel (review),” by Caroline Beschea-Fache. Rocky Mountain Review, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Spring 2010): 116-117.

Review: “Christopher Wise, ‘Derrida, Africa, and the Middle East,’” by Shane Moran, Textual Practice, Vol. 24, Issue 2 (2010): 382-388.

“Review, Being Arab: Arabism and the Politics of Recognition,” by Anonymous, Arab Studies Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 3, Summer 2010: 177-178.

“La domestication des etudiants du campus de Ouagadougou: la crise de juin 2008,” by Lila Chouli, JHEA/RESA, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2009: 1-28.

“Review, Yambo Ouologuem Reader,” by Ann Elizabeth Wiley, Research in African

Literatures, Vol. 40, No 4 (2009): 190-191.

“Review, Derrida, Africa, and the Middle East,” by Node Smith, Africa Today, Vol. 56, No. 2 (Winter 2009): 102-104.

“’Messianicity’ in Social Theory? A Critique of a Thesis of Jacques Derrida,” by Austin Harris, Thesis Eleven, Vol. 98, No. 1 (2009): 52-68.

“The Question of Europe: Said and Derrida,” by John Docker, in Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual, Edited by Debjani Gangaly & Ned Curthoys, Melbourne University Press, 2007: 263-290.

“Review: Norbert Zongo. The Parachute Drop, Tr. by Christopher Wise,” by Janis L. Pallister, ALA Bulletin (African Literature Association), Volume 31, No. 2 (Winter) 2005/ No. 2 (Spring) 2006: 68-70.


“History and the Production and Reception of Autobiography in Francophone Africa,” by Edgard Sankara. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Vol. 32, No. 3-4 (2005): 441-458.

“Christopher Wise,” Contemporary Authors, Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, 2004.

"Yambo Ouologuem," by Jean Jonassaint, Nouvelles Études Francophones, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2004: 264-268.

"One Moment of State Terrorism in Africa," by Tunde Fatunde, The Guardian [Lagos, Nigeria], Monday, September 13, 2004: 67.

"Continental Shadow," by Harold Braswell, The New Republic Online, July 2004.

"The Emperor's Old Grove," by Brad Prager, The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 38, No. 1 (August) 2004: 227-229.

"Le devoir de violence, préface par Christopher Wise," Bibliographie nationale francaise Livres, Numéro 5-6/2003.

"Wise, Christopher, ed. 2001. The Desert Shore: Literatures of the Sahel," by Obed Nkunzimana, Africa Today, Vol. 50, No. 1 (Spring/Summer) 2003: 144-149.

"A Tribute to Edward Said," by Noor al-Saleh, The Star: Jordan's Political, Economic, and Cultural Weekly, 9 - 15 October 2003, Vol. 14, No. 15: 7.

“Christopher Wise, The Desert Shore: Literatures of the Sahel,” by Beverly B. Mack, African Studies Review, Vol. 45, No. 3, December 2002: 102-104.

“On Perry Anderson’s The Origins of Postmodernity, Clint Burnham’s The Jamesonian Unconscious, and Christopher Wise’s The Marxian Hermeneutics of Fredric Jameson,” by Ian Buchanan, Historical Materialism: Research In Critical Marxist Theory, Volume 10, Number 3 (2002): 223-244.

“Le devoir de mémoire, Temoignage: au nom de mon père,” by Ava Ouologuem, Jeune Afrique / L’intelligent [Paris, France], N. 2175, du 16 au 22 Septembre 2002: 91-92.

Review: "Desert Shore: Literatures of the Sahel,” by Lamia Ben Youssef, Research in African Literatures, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Summer 2002): 204-205.

Review: “The Desert Shore: Literatures of the Sahel,” by Jamal En-nehas, World Literature Today, Winter 2002, Vol. 76, No. 1: 121-122.

“Wise, Christopher, The Desert Shore: Literatures of the Sahel,” Reference & Research Book News, August 2001: 217.

Review: “Wise, Christopher, The Desert Shore: Literatures of the Sahel,” ALA Bulletin (The African Literature Association), Volume 27, Summer 2001, No.3: 121.

Review: “Yambo Ouologuem: Postcolonial Writer, Islamic Militant,” The Complete Review: A Literary Saloon & Site of Review.

Hommage d’un Américain à Norbert Zongo,” by Liermè Somé, L’Indépendant [Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso] No. 396, 10 avril 2001: 15.

“Ambassade des États-Unis: Communique de presse: Dedicace du livre: ‘The Desert Shore: Literatures of the Sahel,’” Le Pays [Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso] N. 2357: 17.


“Un livre dédié à Norbert Zongo,” Aujourd’ hui [Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso] 4 avril 2001: 2.


“Faire connaître le Burkina aux Américains,” by Sita Tarbagdo, Sidwaya [Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso] N. 4238, 9 avril 2001: 25.

Review: “Yambo Ouologuem: Postcolonial Writer, Islamic Militant,” by George Lang, Research in African Literatures, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Spring 2001): 136-139.

Review: “Yambo Ouologuem: Postcolonial Writer, Islamic Militant,” by Robert P. Smith, Jr., World Literature Today, Vol. 74, No. 1 (Winter 2000): 226.

“Christopher Wise, Yambo Ouologuem: Postcolonial Writer, Islamic Militant & Eleni Condouriotis, Claiming History: Colonialism, Ethnography, and the Novel,” by Glen Bush, African Studies Review, December 1999: 195-196.

“Yambo Ouologuem: Postcolonial Writer, Islamic Militant,” by K. Tölölyan, Choice, Vol. 37, No. 2 (October) 1999.

“Trop, c’est trop! Civil Insurgence in Burkina Faso, 1998-1999,” by Ernest Harsch. Review of African Political Economy, February – March 1999: 395-406.

“Postcolonial Criticism in an African(ist) Frame,” by Gaurav Desai, Research In African Literatures, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring) 1998: 211-219.

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