photo Eloise Briere

Eloise Brière

Professor of French Studies


Degree/Institution: PhD University of Toronto
Office: HU 219
Fax: (518) 442-4111

Academic Focus

Literatures, cultures, and language issues of the Francophone areas of the world, particularly West Africa, the Caribbean (Haiti, Guyana, Martinique, Guadeloupe), and North America (Quebec, New England, Louisiana); women’s writing; cinema of Francophone West Africa, Caribbean and Quebec


Eloise Brière began her teaching career at Collège St. Jeanne d’Arc in Dakar, the capital of Senegal in West Africa, after its independence from France. It was the first time African literature had been taught at this institution. She also studied with Mohamadou Kane at the University of Dakar. Since then, her expertise has expanded to include the literatures and cultures of the Francophone areas of the world. She co-authored one of the first textbooks dealing with the francophone world, Rendez-vous: La France et la Francophonie (N.Y. Random House, l982).