Christian Uwe

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Christian Uwe’s research focuses on questions of aesthetics, poetics and their political ramifications particularly in Sub-Saharan and Caribbean literature. His first book "Le Discours choral: essai sur l’œuvre romanesque d’Édouard Glissant", was published by Peter Lang in 2017. Taking as a central problem Glissant’s often stated idea that Caribbean societies emerged from narrative-suppressing political systems, the book studies the various semiotics through which narratives arise in Glissant’s world and links them to their poetic corollaries such as polyphony, fragmentation and the complementarity of voices. Through a semiotic analysis, the book contributes a discourse model that highlights the fundamental coherence of Glissant’s entire body of fiction. This model, called “choral discourse”, shows the importance of bodily, collective and aesthetic experience in the journey to personal and political freedom. Uwe is currently working on a second book project tentatively titled "Écrire l'Afrique contemporaine: critique des fictions de la francophonie subsaharienne et ses diasporas". Drawing on contemporary critical theory, sexuality studies, material culture studies and ecocriticism, the book examines the way contemporary Sub-Saharan literature renews questions of aesthetics, identity, politics in the era of globalization. Uwe's next project is a study of gender and sexual minorities in Sub-Saharan Fiction and Politics from the perspective of human rights and politics of culture.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Francophone Literature and Semiotics, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France.


  • Sub-Saharan & Caribbean Literature, African Diasporas, 20th-21st century French Literature, Postcolonial criticism, Sexual minorities in African Arts and Politics, Semiotics
Courses Taught
  • Postcoloniality and Politics of Narrative Voice
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Theory
  • Do We Live in a Fictional World?
  • Introduction to Semiotics
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member: Scientific Board, Centre International d'Etudes Edouard Glissant:
  • Uwe, Christian. Le Discours choral: essai sur l’œuvre romanesque d’Édouard Glissant. Peter Lang, 2017. Link
  • . Marie Nimier: l’écriture et son double. L'Harmattan, 2019.
  • Uwe, Christian. "Subversion du récit colonial chez Chamoiseau et Monénembo." Le récit colonial dans les littératures francophones contemporaines. Ed. Semujanga, Josias and Basabose, Philippe. (Forthcoming):
  • Uwe, Christian. "Le poème au miroir : réflexivité du poème dans Exil, Moi, laminaire… et Les Indes." Saint-John Perse, Césaire, Glissant : Regards croisés. Ed. Céry, Loïc. (Forthcoming):
  • Uwe, Christian. "Métamorphoses de l’écrivain dans le roman africain contemporain." Présence francophone 91. Ed. Semujanga, Josias. (2018): 221-238.
  • Uwe, Christian, Dema, Ledia and Groccia, Martine. "Louis Panier (1945-2012), semiotista y teólogo." Tópicos del seminario – Revista de semiótica 32, La inmanencia en cuestión II. Ed. Ruiz Moreno, Luisa and Zinna, Alessandro. (2014): 157-184.
  • Uwe, Christian. "Voir et imaginer le monde : réflexions sur la poéthique de Glissant." Trajectoires et dérives de la littérature-monde. Poétiques de la relation et du divers dans les espaces francophones. Ed. Francis, Cecilia W. and Viau, Robert. (2013): 443-456.
  • Uwe, Christian. "Afriques problématiques : lecture d’un motif chez Glissant et Condé." Palabres vol. XII, n° 1 & 2. Ed. Naudillon, Françoise (2013): 167-182.
  • Uwe, Christian. "Du mouvement et de la variation du Tout-monde chez Édouard Glissant." Francophonies d'Amérique 29. Relier, relayer, relater : les francophonies d’Amérique. Ed. Paré, François. (2010): 97-115. Link