Professor and Chair & Major Adviser
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
Office: Thomas Hall 153
Pim Higginson received his BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. He works in comparative fashion on literatures and cultures from France, the United States, and sub-Saharan Africa. His first book, The Noir Atlantic: Chester Himes and the Birth of the Francophone African Crime Novel, was published in 2011 by Liverpool University Press. It examined the influence of the African American author Chester Himes (1909-1984) on a series of African authors who turned to the crime genre throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
His current book project, also to be published in the UK, by Boydell and Brewer, looks at how the interwar reception of jazz in France has affected Francophone African authors' treatment of this music in their writing.
Following his lifelong interest in foodways (as an avid cook and foodie), Pim has also done research and published on the "culinary" in Francophone literature. This may or may not be the focus of his next project.
Pim's courses have covered 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literatures and cultures, music and race, neo-orientalism in recent French writing, the Francophone African novel, representations of education in the Anglophone and Francophone and African novel, French film noir, and numerous other topics.