Valérie K. Orlando is Professor of French & Francophone Literatures in the Department of French & Italian at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA, where she also serves as Chair. She received her MA in French in 1993 from George Mason University and her PhD in French Studies in 1996 from Brown University. She is the author of four books: Screening Morocco: Contemporary Film in a Changing Society (Ohio UP, 2011); Francophone Voices of the ‘New Morocco’ in Film and Print: (Re)presenting a Society in Transition (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009); Of Suffocated Hearts and Tortured Souls: Seeking Subjecthood Through Madness in Francophone Women’s Writing of Africa and the Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2003); and Nomadic Voices of Exile: Feminine Identity in Francophone Literature of the Maghreb, (Ohio University Press, 1999). She published with Sandra M. Cypess the co-edited volume, Reimaging the Caribbean: Conversations among the Creole, English, French and Spanish Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2014). She spent a seven-month fellowship in Morocco and Tunisia as a Senior Fulbright Scholar. She has written numerous articles on Francophone writing from Africa and the African diaspora, African Cinema, and French literature and culture. Her book, Experimental Narratives, Fragmented Subjects and the Poetics of a Modern Nation: The Making of the Algerian New Novel, 1950-1979, is forthcoming. She has taught at Illinois Wesleyan University (1999-2006), Purdue University (1997-1999) and Eastern Mediterranean University in the Turkish Northern Republic of Cyprus (1996-1997).