Dr. Ahihou is thrilled to join the faculty of French and Italian Department at BYU this Fall (2016) as Visiting Assistant Professor. His field of specialization is Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone literatures and Cultural Studies. His research focus on Sub- Saharan Africa, the formal aspects of literature (most notably in poetic prose fiction), critical theory and literary criticism. He is particularly interested in the disruptions of language by writers to create the literariness of texts, woman’s writing, migration and exile, and the concept of African Ideology in literature (colonial and postcolonial studies, oral literature, Francophone African Diaspora …). Besides these areas of focus, his research and teaching interests extend to the Maghreb and Caribbean literatures in French, the 19th-century French poets, and the stylistic aspects of theatre.
In addition to his dissertation: “Langue et langage littéraires chez Ken Bugul – Techniques et effets de glissement dans l’écriture du roman,” his research works include two books: Ken Bugul – La langue littéraire (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2013) and Glissement et fonctionnements du langage littéraire dans l’écriture du roman chez Ken Bugul (currently under review at Karthala in Paris). His forthcoming book chapter: “Mariama Ba and Ken Bugul, Pioneer Women Writers in Francophone African Literature” is part of a research project in which he continues his works on different aspects of women writings in French-speaking Africa. He also studies the socio-political themes of migration and exile in literature of Francophone Africa.
As a scholar and teacher, his research always informs his teaching. Indeed, inspiring students to stretch and grow academically is one of the most important points of his teaching philosophy, and for the near future, he hopes to instruct and guide students, here at BYU, toward learning and appreciating the French language, Francophone literatures and cultural studies. With his seven-years-student-career (Middle School and High School combined) in a Catholic School (Collège Catholique Père Aupiais in Cotonou, Republic of Benin) he is familiar with academic systems where religion and education are the means to “assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life,” and is fully committed to helping “develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue and to serve others throughout their lives.”