Hedi Jaouad


Hédi Abdel Jaouad is a professor of French and Francophone studies who has been a teanured associate Professor at Skidmore College, a Fulbright Lecturer in the Department of English at the Université Tunis, a Faculty at NEH Summer Institute–La Francophonie and at Old Dominion University, French Language and Literature, as well as in the Department of Modern Languages, at the United Nations International School in New York City.


Professor Jaouad came from the Sorbonne in Paris, to the United States in 1977 to pursue his field of study. He received his PhD in French Literature from Temple University and his MA in English literature from La Sorbonne. His numerous articles, in both French and English, have been published in journals internationally. He is also the author of many books and articles, and is the editor of CELAAN, journal dedicated to the promotion of North African literature and art. He has developed college curriculum in collaboration with Middlebury College and the Center of Educational Technology. He has also contributed to the Huffington Post.


He obtained is college education in Tunisia, a Master Degree in English Literature at La Sorbonne in Paris and a PHD in French Literature at Temple University.

Book Publications:




Shires Press Spotlight: “Helen Hossley, Hedi Abdel Jaouad & Tim McGillicuddy,” 4/29/16

“Native of Tunisia sees potential-Skidmore professor hopes for stability, new direction”
By LEIGH HORNBECK Staff writer, TimesUnion, January 16, 2011

From The Streets Of Tunisia To Wall Street,” by Hedi Jaouad, Huffington Post 12/2011

Review by Elizabeth Sabiston, York University, Toronto

Public Service:

(1993-1997) MLA Division on French Literature outside Europe.

College Governance:

  • MALS Search Committee, 2002
  • MALS Committee (Chair), 2000-03
  • UWW Committee, 1997-1999
  • Committee on Faculty Governance,1993-1995 *Board of Review, 1992-94
  • Athletic Council, 1993-4
  • Committee on Social Responsibility of Investing, 1993-4 *First-Year Student Advisor, 1994-present

Department Governance:

  • Advising responsibilities, 1989-present *Lecture Series Coordinator, 1994-present
  • Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Guidelines Committee, * New Student Evaluation Form Committee (Chair), 1995-6
  • Curriculum Committee, 1995-6
  • Organizer of the Annual FLL Multi-Language Poetry Recital, 1997-present *Organized a two-day study trip to Montreal for my FF 223 students (Spring 1996)
  • Co-organizer of the CIEF international conference, Sousse May 27-June 3, 2000.
  • Organizer of the international conference “Le Maghreb à la croisée des cultures,” Hammamet (Tunisia), June 15-21, 1997.
  • Francophone workshop for high school teachers from the Capital region, Skidmore College, May 1996.
  • Faculty, NEH Summer Institute–La Francophonie. Old Dominion University, 27 June – 22 July 1994.
  • Curator of the Surrealist exhibition “Phases of Desire” at Case Gallery, Skidmore College, 30 Sept – 14 Oct 1994.


  • “A cultural Translator,” The American Center Program Bulletin (Winter 1997).
  • “Du surréalisme ontologique.” La Presse Littéraire March 1997.
  • “Un iconoclaste entre soufisme et surréalisme.” La Presse February 1997.
  • “L’avènement du soufialisme.” La Presse February 1997.
  • “’Foucault en Tunisie’ ou l’émergence d’un archéologue du quotidien.” December 1996.
  • “Michel Foucault à Tunis.” Le Temps December 1996.
  • “Le Maghreb à la croisée des cultures.” Le Renouveau June 1997. “Comment réécrire le surréalisme.” La Presse 27 November 1992.
  • “Le Maghreb est surréaliste.” Le Temps 23 December 1992.
  • “Vers un humanisme arabe du 21è siècle.” Le Temps 8 August 1989.
  • “Tendances surréalistes dans la littérature maghrébine d’expression française.” Le Temps 1985.
  • “La nouvelle poésie tunisienne d’expression française.” Le Temps 26 March 1985.


  1. “Habib Tengour ou le ‘zappeur surréaliste.’ Habib Tengour ou l’ancre ou la vague. Mourad Yelles. Paris: Karthala, 2003. 39-64.
  2. “L’humour au Beur noir.” Expressions maghrébines 1.2 (Winter 2002).109-127..
  3. “Derrida’s Nostalgeria; or, Autobiography in the Language of the Other.” Remembering Africa . Ed. Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi. New York: Heinemann, 2002
  4. “Introduction. El repudio.” Rachid Boudjedra. Barcelona: Emecé Editores, 2002. .
  5. “Cingria et l’Afrique du Nord.” Erudition et liberté: l’univers de Charles-Albert Cingria . Paris: NRF, Gallimard, 2000. 408-438.
  6. “Tanger dans l’imaginaire de Paul Bowles.” Cahiers d’études maghrébines 13 (2000):
  7. “The Sands of Rhyme: Thackeray and Abd al Qadir.” Research in African Literature 30.3 (Fall 1999): 196-206.
  8. “Mohammed Dib ou le surréalisme tellurique.” Lumières Africaines . Ed. Amadou Koné. New Orleans: UP of the South, 1997. 159-84.
  9. “Le surréalisme et la question coloniale.” The Bulletin of Francophone Africa 4.9 (1997): 60-73.
  10. “Salah Garmadi ou le Bédouin de Tunis.” Ifriqiya 1.1 (1997): 53-74.
  11. ‘Too much in the sun’: Sons, Mothers, and Impossible Alliances in Francophone Maghrebian Writing.” Research in African Literature 27.3 (1996): 15-33.
  12. “Francophone Tunisian Literature,” F. Mellah,” “M. Tlili,” “M. Aziza,” “M. El Houssi” and “A. Saïd.” The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French . 1995.
  13. Introduction. The Repudiation . By Rachid Boudjedra. Three Continents Press: 1993.
  14. “Kateb’s Modernity: Rewriting Surrealism.” Sub-Stance 11.3 (1992): 11-29.
  15. “Portrait of the Artist as a Nomad.” Yale French Studies 83.2 (1992): 93-117.
  16. “M. Mas’adi,” “A. Memmi” and “A. Shabbi.” The Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century . 1992.
  17. “Jacques Derrida: l’Algérie ou l’enfance troglodyte.” Cahier d’études maghrébines . (1992): 169-172.
  18. “Driss Chraibi: Master of the Maghreb.” The World and I (October 1991): 438-49.
  19. “Sacrilegious discourse.” Middle East Report 163 (March-April 1990): 34-36.
  20. “Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine: The Poet as Iconoclast.” Research in African Literature 23.2 (Summer 1992): 145-150.
  21. “Jung en Afrique.” Revue Francophone 6.1 ( ): 19-37.
  22. “Isabelle Eberhardt: Life as an Oxymoron.” Cahiers d’études maghrébines 1.2 (Spring 1990): 123-126.
  23. “The Dialectics of the Archaic and the Postmodern.” Studies in 20 th -Century Literature 15.1 (Winter 1991): 59-76.
  24. Interview. “Paul Bowles à Tanger.” Revue CELFAN 7.3 (May 1989): 15-18.
  25. “Ero-Esotericisim in Khatibi’s Poetry.” Revue CELFAN 8.1-2 (1989): 23-27.
  26. “L’Amour, la fantasia: Autobiography as Fiction.” Revue CELFAN 7.1-2 ( 1987-8): 25-29. “Isabelle Eberhardt.” Revue CELFAN 6.1 (1986): 9-15.
  27. “Tradition and Modernity in A. Meddeb’s Talismano .” Revue CELFAN 4.2 (1985): 7-10.
  28. “Abderrahmane LOUNES: pour une poésie de graphie française à la portée de tous.” Revue CELFAN 2.1 (November 1982): 6-8.
  29. “Relecture: L’opium et le bâton.” Revue CELFAN 3.2 (1984): 15-17.
  30. “Ethnography vs. Ethnocentrism in Le Fils du Pauvre.” Revue CELFAN 1.2 (February 1982): 26-8.
  31. “Présence de Salah Garmadi.” Revue CELFAN 2.1 (November 1982): 23-24.
  32. “Tunisian Literature.” The Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century . New York: Ungar Book, 1984.
  33. “La nouvelle Poésie tunisienne de langue française.” Actes du Congrès mondial des littératures de langue française . Padoue, 1983. 427-432.


  1. “No Burial Allowed” and “Barbarian” by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine, Banipal , Nos 10-11 (Spring/Summer 2001).
  2. “The River and Death” By Badr Shakir al-Sayyab (co-translated with Pierre Joris), Poems For the Millenium .(University of California Press, 1995).
  3. “The Frigidaire,” by Salah Garmadi, The Literary Review , Vol. 41, No. 2.
  4. “Advice to My Kinfolk to Be Used After My Death,“ by Salah Garmadi. The Literary Review , Vol. 41, No. 2..
  5. “The South Wind,” by A. Benhadouga. The Literary Review , Vol. 41, No. 2.
  6. “In the Beginning I Had A Name,” M. Bennis. The Literary Review , Vol. 41, No. 2.
  7. “Winter,” by M. Ghozzi. The Literary Review , Vol. 41, No. 2.
  8. “The Gangway to the Elevator,” by T. Ouattar. The Literary Review , Vol. 41, No. 2.


  1. “Rimbaud et l’Algérie,” Club SANABEL, Geneva, Switzerland: March 2000. “Le Fou de Nedjma,”Colloque sur Kateb Yacine. New York, Maison française: Novembre 1999.
  2. “Concrétisme et poésie: vers un langage-objet.” ALA, Austin, TX. March 1998.
  3. “Michel Foucault à Tunis,” Center for Maghrebi Studies. Tunis: November 1996.
  4. “Le soufialisme.” Club Tahar Haddad, Tunis. “Khaïr-Eddine et Césaire.” CIEF, Charleston, SC. 6-10 June 1995.
  5. “Jacques Derrida’s Algeria.” ALA, Columbus, OH. 16-20 March 1995.
  6. “Soufisme et surréalisme.” CIEF, Québec. 11-16 April 1994.
  7. “M. Khaïr-Eddine: relecteur de Breton.” Colloquium for 20 th -c. French Studies, Dartmouth College. 17- 20 March 1994.
  8. “Les Ecrivains devant la francophonie.” Old Dominion University. 22 October 1993.
  9. “An overview of Maghrebi Francophone Literature.” Carthage. December 1992.
  10. “Le surréalisme et les écrivains maghrébins de langue française.” Tunis. November 1992.
  11. “Le divan dans le maquis: l’Algérie de Frantz Fanon.” Colloquium for 20 th -c. French Studies, University of Pennsylvania. March 1992.
  12. “Kateb Yacine: réécrivain algérien.” Société Des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique, Fordham University. March 1992.
  13. “L’Afrique des psychologues.” CIEF, Strasbourg. June 1992.
  14. “The poetics and politics of the bilingual text.” El Primer Congresso in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. 4-8 February 1991.
  15. “The Voices of Ahmadou Kourouma.” African Studies Association, Baltimore. November 1990.
  16. “C. G. Jung: Le voyage en Tunisie.” CIEF, Martinique. April 1990.
  17. “Archaïsme et post-modernisme dans le texte maghrébin de langue française.” MLA, Washington D.C. December 1989.
  18. “Escape and freedom in the writings of Isabelle Eberhardt.” African Literature Association, University of Michigan, East Lansing. April 1986.
  19. “Tanger dans l’imaginaire de Paul Bowles.” Fifth Forum on North African Literature, Temple University, Philadelphia. 1986.
  20. “The 1001 Nights in Maghrebian Literature.” Third Forum on North African Literature, Temple University, Philadelphia. 1985.
  21. “Arabic and French Language Literature of Tunisia.” First Forum on North African Literature, Temple University Center, Philadelphia. 1983.
  22. “La Poésie tunisienne: tendances et problèmes.” Centre mondial des literatures françaises, Padova, Italy. 1983.
  23. “Souffles and the Surrealist legacy in Maghrebine Literature of French Expression.” African Literature Association, Washington, D. C. April 1982.
  24. “Surrealist Elements in Maghrebine Literature of French Expression.” African Studies Association, Philadelphia. October 1980.

“Surrealist Elements in Maghrebine Literature of French Expression.” African Studies Association, Philadelphia. October 1980.