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Lindsey Green-Simms Professor Department of Literature

Degrees
BA University of Michigan, PhD University of Minnesota

Bio
Lindsey Green-Simms’ teaching and research focuses on film and literature from the Global South, with a particular emphasis on African cultural production. Professor Green-Simms' most recent book, Queer African Cinemas (Duke University Press, 2022), discusses LGBT African art films and popular melodramas in the first decades of the twenty-first century. Green-Simms argues that these films not only record the fear, anxiety, and vulnerability many queer Africans experience; they highlight how queer African cinematic practices contribute to imagining new hopes and possibilities and highlight potentials for queer life-building and survival. Professor Green-Simms’ first book, Postcolonial Automobility: Cars Cultural in West Africa (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), examines how the contradictions of globalization, modernity, and consumer culture are embedded in the commodity of the automobile. Postcolonial Automobility has been awarded the African Literature Association First Book Prize as well as the American Comparative Literature Association Helen Tartar Book Subvention Award.

Professor Green-Simms completed her doctorate in Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, and has previously taught at Duke University, where she was a postdoctoral fellow in Women’s Studies, as well as at the College of Charleston. She has published articles in Camera Obscura, Transition, Journal of African Cultural Studies, Journal of African Cinemas, and Journal of Postcolonial Writing and has book chapters in Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-First Century (Ohio U. Press) and Indiscretions: At the Intersection of Queer and Postcolonial Theory (Rodopi Press).
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Teaching

Spring 2022

  • LIT-250 Lit, Film & Globalization

  • LIT-367 Topics in World Literature: Queer African Film and Fiction

Summer 2022

  • LIT-225 African Literature

  • LIT-262 Literature & the Ethical Life

  • LIT-262 Literature & the Ethical Life

Fall 2022

  • LIT-225 African Literature

  • LIT-479 The Value of Literature