Manthia DiawaraUniversity Professor; Professor of Comparative Literature, Africana Studies
Ph.D. 1985, Indiana; M.A. 1978, American; B.A. 1976
Areas of Research/Interest
Black American film, literary and cultural studies, black film in Africa and Europe.
Professor Diawara is also Director of NYU’s Institute of Afro-American Affairs and Director of the Africana Studies Program. The Program in Africana Studies offers a multicontinental and interdisciplinary approach to the study of black culture, literature, and politics. A native of Mali, Professor Diawara received his education in France and later traveled to the United States for his university studies. He has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of We Won't Budge: An African Exile in the World (2003), Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship (1993), African Cinema: Politics and Culture (1992), and In Search of Africa (1998). He has published widely on the topic of film and literature of the Black Diaspora. Professor Diawara also collaborated with Ngûgî wa Thiong’o in making the documentary Sembene Ousmane: The Making of the African Cinema, and directed the German-produced documentary Rouch in Reverse.
We Won't Budge: An African Exile in the World (Basic Books, 2003)
African Film: New Forms of Aesthetics and Politics (Prestel, 2010)
In Search of Africa. Harvard University Press. 1998.
Black American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship, ed. Routledge. 1993.
African Cinema: Politics and Culture. Indiana University Press. 1992.
Roch in Reverse (1995)
Maison Tropicale (2008)
Edouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2010)