Olivier Bourderionnet, Ph.D.

Olivier Bourderionnet, Ph.D.Assistant Professor


Office: LA 257 
Phone: 504-280-1338
Email: obourde1@uno.edu


Education Background

Olivier Bourderionnet received a Licence d’anglais from the University of Paris III (La Sorbonne Nouvelle) a Masters of Arts from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. from Tulane University.

Teaching Experience

Before joining the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of New Orleans he taught for one year at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City as a visiting-assistant professor and for two years at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA as an assistant professor.

Professional Interests

Teaching French language at all levels via contemporary popular culture, internet and video technology. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and culture, French Cultural Studies, literary criticism and theory. French poetics, French song from the troubadours to techno, jazz studies, Post-colonial theory, cinema and film theory.



Swing Troubadours. Brassens, Vian, Gainsbourg: Les Trente Glorieuses en 33 tours.Summa Publications
(March, 2012)  


"A 'Picture Perfect' Banlieue Artist: Abd Al Malik or the Perils of a Conciliatory Rap Discourse in France."        French Cultural Studies May 2011, vol. 22, number 2 (download available here)

"Regard sur les musiques actuelles : nostalgie, métissage et mondialisation" in Marie-Christine Weidmann Koop and Rosalie Vermette, eds. "France in the Twenty-First Century: New Perspectives / La France à l'aube du XXIe siècle: nouvelles perspectives." Birmingham, AL: Summa Publications, 2009. (355-370)

"Displacement in French/Displacement of French: The Reggae and R’n’B of Tiken Jah Fakoly and Corneille."Research in African Literatures - Volume 39, Number 4, Winter 2008 (download available here)

“Brassens et Gainsbourg: contemporains? Métamorphoses de la chanson au cœur des ‘Trente Glorieuses.’”Contemporary French Civilization. Winter/Spring 2006. Vol. XXX, number 1

Book Reviews

  • Stereo: Comparative Perspectives on the Sociological Study of Popular Music in  France and Britain by Dauncey and Le Guern  Contemporary French Civilization. (fall 2012)
  • Protest Music in France: Production, Identity and Audiences by Barbara Lebrun
    French Review Dec. 2010. Vol.84:2
  • Paris Africain: Rhythms of the African Diaspora by James A. Winders
    Contemporary French Civilization. Summer/Fall 2008
    Vol. XXXII, number 2
  • The André Hodeir Jazz Reader. Jean-Louis Pautrot, ed.
    Contemporary French Civilization. Winter/Spring 2007
    Vol. XXXII, number 1
  • La France de Zebda 1981-2004: faire de la musique un acte politique by Danielle Marx-Scouras
    Contemporary French Civilization. Summer/Fall 2007
    Vol. XXXI, number 2
  • Brel and Chanson, by Sara Poole.
    Contemporary French Civilization. Summer/Fall 2005
    Vol. XXIX, number 2.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Papers Presented in Conferences

"Exposing the Politics of French Rap on Prime Time Television: Authorship, Authenticity and Ideology in De L'encre by Hamé and Ekoué." Changing the Tune: Popular Music and Politics in the XXIst Century. International Conference. University of Strasbourg, France. June 7-8, 2013.

"Displaying Culture in Contemporary French Best-Sellers."
Organizer and presider of Special Session on Contemporary French Literature at the Modern Language Association conference in Los Angeles. January 5-8, 2011

"Louis Malle's Zazie dans le métro: educating "la chienlit" in its pre-teens."
20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone International Colloquium
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. March 25-28, 2010

"Immédiateté de la voix : Abd Al Malik entre hip-hop et chanson"
23ème Congrès Mondial du Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones.
New Orleans, La (6/2009)

"Making Hip-Hop "Respectable": Abd Al Malik, a Picture-Perfect Banlieue Artist?" Organizer of Special Session: "Chanson and Social Malaise in France" at the 2007 MLA conference in Chicago, Ill.

"Amadou et Mariam, Manu Chao, Keren Ann and Carla Bruni: A few 'French Exceptions' on the American Pop Music Market!"
20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, University of Texas A&M, College Station.

"Displacement in French / Displacement of French: The Francophone World Music and R'n'B of Tiken Jah Fakoly and Corneille"
20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, University of Miami, Florida.

"Post-colonial Pied-Noir Identities and Cinema:L'autre Côté de la Mer by Dominique Cabrera and Là-bas Mon Pays by Alexandre Arcady.
20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, University of Florida, Gainesville.

"Brassens et Gainsbourg, contemporains? Des sabots d'Hélène à Melody Nelson, visages changeants d'une musique populaire résolument hexagonale."
20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, University of Florida, Tallahassee.

"Vian, Brassens, Gainsbourg: pour une poésie swing."                                                                                         20th Century French Studies Colloquium. Cultural Capital: Canons, Cultures and Contexts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.