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Janice S. Spleth, Ph.D.


Janice Spleth has taught French and FLIT at all levels at WVU. She has also been a faculty associate in Africana studies and holds adjunct status in the Center for Women’s Studies, where she served as Interim Director 2008-2009. 

Her publications include two books and several articles on the Senegalese poet-statesman Léopold Sédar Senghor, and her scholarship on Central African literature appears in the French Literature Series, The Literary Griot, Matatu, Research in African Literatures, and Studies in Twentieth Century Literature

She is an active member of the African Literature Association and co-edited a volume of its annual: Interdisciplinary Dimensions of African Literature. She was elected to serve as president of the ALA (2010-2011). She has been a member of the editorial board for the journal Research in African Literatures, and in 2006, she was elected to the Executive Committee of the African Literature Division of the MLA.