Martin Munro

Eminent Scholar, Winthrop-King Professor of French, Director of the Winthrop-King Institute

Martin Munro

Contact Information

Office Location
Diffenbaugh 402
Office Hours

Tu, 12.30-2.30

Professor Martin Munro (PhD University of Aberdeen) is Eminent Scholar and Winthrop-King Professor of French and Francophone Studies. A specialist in Francophone Caribbean literature and culture, he previously worked in Scotland, Ireland, and Trinidad. He is Director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University.

Research Interests

Francophone literature and culture, especially of the Caribbean region

Négritude (African and Caribbean)



Postcolonial theory

Writing and exile in Francophone cultures

Rhythm in Francophone literatures and cultures

Writing disaster in the Caribbean

Caribbean sound studies

Courses Taught

Francophone Cinema

Vodou, Race, and Revolution in Haiti

Exile in Francophone Cultures

Tropical Apocalypse

Francophone Caribbean Literature and Culture

Selected Publications

Authored Books

  • Shaping and Reshaping the Caribbean: the Work of Aimé Césaire and René Depestre (London and Leeds: W.H. Maney and Sons, 2000).
  • Exile and Post–1946 Haitian Literature: Alexis, Depestre, Ollivier, Laferrière, Danticat (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2007).
  • Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas(Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2010).
    • *Runner-up in the Best Book on the Caribbean Award, Caribbean Studies Association, 2012.
  • Writing on the Fault Line: Haitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010 (University of Liverpool Press, 2014).
  • Tropical Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End Times (University of Virginia Press, 2015).
  • Listening to the Caribbean: Sounds of Slavery, Revolt, and Race ((forthcoming, Liverpool University Press, 2022).

Translated novel

  • Over Seas of Memory (U. of Nebraska Press, 2019), translation of Mémoires d’outre mer, by Michaël Ferrier (Paris: Gallimard, 2015).

Edited Books

  • Reinterpreting the Haitian Revolution and its Cultural Aftershocks, co-edited with Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw (Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2006).
  • Echoes of the Haitian Revolution, co-edited with Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw (Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2008).
  • A Reader’s Guide to Edwidge Danticat (Charlottesville and London, University of Virginia Press, 2010).
  • Haiti Rising: Haitian History, Culture and the Earthquake of 2010 (Liverpool: University of Liverpool Press, 2010).
    • *Finalist in the ForeWord 2010 Book of the Year Awards.
  • American Creoles: The Francophone Caribbean and the American South, co-edited with Celia M. Britton (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012).
  • The Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories (University of the West Indies Press, 2015).
    • *Finalist in the ForeWord 2015 Book of the Year Awards.
    • *Winner, Best Anthology, UWI Press Anniversary Awards, 2016.
  • *Winner, Best Anthology, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2017.

Research Awards

  • 2020-21 National Humanities Center Fellowship
  • 2019-20 Society for French Studies, International Fellowship (Belfast, Glasgow, Liverpool, and Cork)
  • 2017 French Voices Translation award for translation of Michaël Ferrier’s Mémoires d’outre mer