Stephen Bishop

Associate Professor of French

Photo: Stephen Bishop
Office:  323C
Hours:  M 10-10:50 & W 2-2:50 in ORTG 323C, W 10-10:50 in HUM 418, M 12:30-2:00 at Bandido (2128 Central SE)

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employment history

  • Associate Professor of French, August 2006-present, University of New Mexico.
  • Professor of African Literature and Civilization, September 2014-June 2015, University of Yaoundé I. (Fulbright Teaching/Research Grant)
  • Assistant Professor of French, August 2000-2006, University of New Mexico.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of French, August 1999-May 2000, University of New Mexico.


  • Ph.D. in French and Francophone Literature, University of Michigan, May 1999.
  • M.A. in French and Francophone Literature, University of Michigan, May 1994.
  • J.D. (Law), University of Michigan, May 1993.
  • Institut des Etudes Européennes (Law), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Jan.-July 1992.
  • B.S. in Biology, magna cum laude, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, June 1990.

teaching and research interests

  • Confluence of shame and guilt in the formation of postcolonial African identities.
  • Child soldiers in Africa.
  • Interdisciplinary work in law and literature in African, French, and US literature.
  • Comparisons of French and Francophone Feminist Theory.
  • Cameroonian literature, politics, and culture.

Current book project

The Evolution of Literary Shame in African Literature

My book examines the uses of shame in sub-Saharan African literature to encourage or discourage specific individual identities, group affiliations, and/or the willingness to conform to or revolt against dominant social models. Shame is defined both through Western psychological models and African theoretical and anthropological treatments. The book then considers literary examples from across genres, national borders, and time periods to consider shame’s multitudinous roles in struggles involving colonialism, women’s rights, corruption, violence, and homosexuality.

Selected courses taught

  • African Folktales and Proverbs
  • Immigrant Europe
  • La Justice littéraire
  • African Women and Liberation Struggle
  • Law and Literature
  • African Great Books
  • Le devoir de violence (African Lit.)
  • Children in Conflict (African Lit.)
  • La honte et la culpabilité dans la littérature africaine
  • Rebels With a Cause (African Lit.)
  • French Composition (Francophone Cinema)
  • La littérature française tout courte
  • From Paris to Provence (study abroad course)
  • French Composition (Un regard sur l’Afrique Centrale)
  • Féminisme(s) Français et Francophone
  • La Criminelle de la France
  • African Women Writers
  • Stylistics and Translation
  • (R)évolution de la justice
  • Ecrire l’Identité au Québec
  • A Literary Evolution of French Justice
  • Advanced French Grammar
  • Beur ou Français?
  • Three Examples of Post-Colonial Development
  • Bad Boys and Girls de la France
  • French Philosophy and Literature
  • Stamp Out Malaria
  • Images of the Self: From Ancient Greece to Modern France
  • Images of the State: The Western Tradition


"The Delicate Art of Shaming in African Child Soldier Narratives," Child/hood and War Routledge, 2018.

"Quel(s) féminisme(s) pour l’Afrique?" (DVD), University of Yaoundé I, 2015.

"Imperialism-Africa" entry in Encyclopedia of Race and Race Relations, 2nd edition, ed., Patrick L. Mason, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; 357-361.

"Jean-Marie Teno: The Legal Outsider of Cameroonian Cinema", Law and Literature Journal, Farleigh Dickinson U P, 2012 (issue suspended – publication date unknown).

"Oppositional Approaches to Female Genital Mutilation in African Literature", Empathy and Rage, Oxfordshire: Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2009; 38-51.

Legal Oppositional Narrative: A Case Study in Cameroon, Lanham (MD): Lexington Books, 2008.

"Hallucinatory Mimicry and the Quest for an Identity à l’Orient." Dalhousie French Studies 77 Winter 2006; 117-27.

Le déterreur, Légende et vie d’Agoun’chich, Mohamed Khaïr-Eddine, Yahia, pas de chance, and Nabile Farès entries; Dictionnaire des pays du Maghreb; ed.Ambroise Kom, 2007, 15 total pages.

Translation of "Des discours contraints et de l’occulte: Procès et représentations de la (post)colonie dans le cinéma camerounais"; Cinema and Social Discourse in Cameroon (Alexie Tcheuyap). Bayreuth African Studies; 2005; 173-194.

"Literature in the Law: The Legal Clando in Cameroon."; Cycnos ("Droit et Littérature" special edition) Vol. 19 No. 2; 147-60; 2002.

Séverin-Cécile Abega, Antoine Abel, Stanislas Adotevi, Philomène Bassek, Mongo Beti, Mbella Sonne Dipoko, Kenjo Jumbam, Ferdinand Oyono, and Guillaume Oyônô-Mbia entries; Encyclopedia of African Literature; Routledge; 3, 11, 51, 62-5,148, 252, 427-9; 2002.

"Témoignage du sang: la justice des vieilles familles."; The Art and Genius of Anne Hébert; ed. Janis Pallister; Fairleigh Dickinson UP; Madison; 264-73; 2001.

"From a Judicial Authority to a Judicial Power." Juridis Périodique (1998): 96-99.

"Black Hats, White Faces: Banning ‘les Westerns’ in Cameroon." Selected Papers - Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery Conference (1996): 33-39.

Conferences (since 2010)

"Narratives of Violence and the African Child," Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Derechos Humanos, Morelia, November 2017.

"Teaching Human Rights through Literature," Global Ties, Albuquerque, March 2017.

"Reclaiming a Sense of Humanity through Creativity," Children and War Conference, Salzburg, July 2016.

"Le caractère d’un canon africain," CIEF Conseil international d’études francophones, Dakar, May 2016.

"How to Connect with Your Audience," STEM UP and STEM Gateway Professional Development series, University of New Mexico, September 2015.

"Quel(s) féminisme(s) pour l’Afrique?" Grandes Conférences, University of Yaoundé I, May 2015.

"Histoire de la violence en littérature africaine," University of Yaoundé I, April 2015.

"The Relevance of Native American Literature in Africa," University of Yaoundé I, March 2015.

"How to Apply for Grants and Programs of Study in the United States," United States Embassy, Université Catholique, University of Yaoundé I (twice), November 2014 and February and March 2015.

"How to Develop a Research Agenda and Thesis," Université Protestante, Yaoundé, March 2014.

"Children as Victims (and Perpetrators?) of Genocide," Genocide Awareness Conference, Albuquerque, April 2014.

"The Delicate Art of Shaming in African Child Soldier Narratives," Children and War Conference, Salzburg, July 2013.

"Child Soldiers in Africa", Oasis Foundation, Albuquerque, February 2013.

"Service Learning in French: Helping Students Help Immigrant Communities," American Association of Teachers of French, Chicago, July, 2012

"Between Trauma and Entertainment: Child Soldiers as Cultural Critics," Modern Languages Association, Seattle, January 2012.

"L’exotisation des rites des enfants-soldats," Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association Conference, Scottsdale, October 2011.

"La mort de l’enfance dans la mort de l’enfant," Conseil international d’études francophones, Aix-en-Provence, May 2011.

"Telling the Stories Behind the Law: Female Genital Mutilation and Human Rights Law," Modern Languages Association Conference, January 2011.

"Child Soldiers in Africa: from Degradation to Reintegration," International Studies Institute Lecture Series, Albuquerque, October 2010.

"The Hungarian Sisyphus: Sándor Márai Before Camus," Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association Conference, Albuquerque, October 2010.

"Romancing Violence: Entertainment's Encouragement of Visual Pleasure in Female Victimization," Gray-Torres Domestic Violence Conference, Albuquerque, September 2010.

"Tuez-les!: les enfants-soldats et l'assassinat des relations traditionnelles," Conseil international d'etudes francophones, Montreal, May 2010.

"Jean-Marie Teno: The Legal Outsider of Cameroonian Cinema," Law and Literature Conference, New York City, April 2010.

"Unsustainable Conflict: Child Soldiers as Cultural Critics," African Literature Association, Tucson, March 2010.


  • French: near-native speaking, comprehension, writing, and reading
  • Spanish: speaking, comprehension, and reading knowledge
  • German: reading knowledge, elementary speaking and comprehension
  • Italian: reading knowledge
  • Portuguese: reading knowledge
  • Swahili: elementary speaking and comprehension