Professor of French
Dr. Cherie Maiden is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri. She came to Furman in 1983. Dr. Maiden currently holds the Lois Aileen Coggins Professorship in French. In addition to teaching French, her teaching and research interests include 20th and 21st Century African writers, African women writers, and Afro-European communities and cultures, particularly in France. In 2009, she had the opportunity to meet Cameroonian author Leonora Miano. It is Miano’s writings and those of her contemporaries that have been a significant source of inspiration for Dr. Maiden in re-thinking the way in which she teaches the literary works of African authors in the twenty-first century.
- Recipient of an RPG grant in the amount of $800, spring 2019.
- Recipient of funds from HDF ($3,139.78) and FYS ($900) for guest lecture visit by the story story writer Dr. Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, Spring 2014
- Recipient of funds from RPG ($1,200) for trip to Paris to interview Léonora Miano Summer 2013
- Recipient of funds from FYS/W ($2,000) and HDF ($1,535) to host guest lecturer Cameroonian writer E.C. Osondu fall term 2011
- Recipient of funds ($3,202) from Humanities Development Fund to host guest lecturer Léonora Miano, African writer from Paris, in November, 2009. Miano’s US university tour was sponsored and partially funded by French Embassy in New York.
- Recipient of funds from the Humanities Development Fund to host guest lecturer, Dr. Ambroise Kom, Howard O’Leary Chair of Francophone Studies from Holy Cross College.
Repient of a $300 mini-grant for course related enrichment activities from particpation in Social Justice retreat, May, 2006
- Recipient of funds from the Cultural Department of the General Consulate of France in Atlanta ($2,380) and Furman (the Academic Dean, Humanities Development Fund, and the Year of the Humanities). Total funds received $10, 570 to host guest speaker, Euzhan Palcy, international filmmaker from Paris, on April 26, 2006.
- Lois Aileen Coggins Professorship in French, September 2002- present
- Ph.D., in French, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- A.M., in French, Washington University,
- A.B., in French, Washington University
I have had the pleasure of establishing a close relationship with Cameroonian author Léonora Miano since 2009 when we first met in France. Our many conversations via email or as a result of personal interviews have provided me with a wealth of insights into the life and writings of this extraordinary writer. The readings and paper presentations that have resulted from my interest in Léonora Miano’s literary works have served, especially, to sustain my enjoyment of teaching works by African authors in French and English. Currently, I am working on an article which examines the significance of endurance and resiliency in four of the eight novels that Miano has published. Additionally, I am looking forward to reading her ninth novel, and most recent literary work, which will be published August, 2019.
- "Contemporary Images of the African Woman in African Fiction” Postscript: Publication of the Philological Association of the Carolinas, No. 9, 1992.