“Thomas A . Hale est professeur d'Arts et de littérature africaine et française au Penn State's Department of Comparative Literature. Cet universitaire américain a vécu au Niger et en France. Thomas A . Hale is currently teaching African and French Arts and littérature at Penn State's Department of Comparative Literature. This american professor has lived in France and Niger. ”

Titulaire d’un doctorat de littérature portant sur l’oeuvre d’Aimé Césaire, il enseigne depuis 1973 et a fondé The African Literature Association en 1974. Avec Richard K. Priebe, il a dirigé la publication de The Teaching of African Literature (1977, 1989), Artist and Audience: African Literature as a Shared Experience (1979). De 1980 à 1981, il a enseigné à l’Université de Niamey (Niger) et a co écrit en 1997 avec John Johnson et Stephen Belcher « Oral Epics from Africa: Vibrant Voices from a Vast Continent » puis « Griots and Griottes. Masters of Words and Music » en 1998. En compagnie d’Aissata Sidikou-Morton et d’une quinzaine d’étudiants, il a mené en 2000 un vaste programme d’enregistrement des chants de femmes d’Afrique de l’Ouest avec le soutien du National Endowment for the Humanities. Thomas A. Hale earned a doctorate at the University of Rochester with a dissertation on the Martinican writer Aimé Césaire. He has been teaching since 1973 and founded The African Literature Association in 1974. With Richard K. Priebe, he co-edited two volumes of selected papers, The Teaching of African Literature (1977, 1989), and Artist and Audience: African Literature as a Shared Experience (1979). In 1980-1981, he was lecturer at the University of Niamey, Niger, and recorded epics from griots about Askia Mohammed, ruler of the Songhay empire from 1493 to 1528. In 1997, he co-edited with John Johnson and Stephen Belcher Oral Epics from Africa: Vibrant Voices from a Vast Continent and in 1998, Griots and Griottes. Masters of Words and Music. In 2000, with Aissata Sidikou-Morton and fifteen scholars, he carried out a large project on women’s songs from West Africa, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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