Modern languages and literatures department’s Cheryl Toman publishes translation of Gabonese novel

Cheryl Toman, chair of the modern languages and literatures department and professor of French, recently had her critical edition of Justine Mintsa’s Awu’s Story published as part of the University of Nebraska Press’ French Voices Series. Toman also is director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

About the edition

Mintsa is a renowned author from Gabon and her novel was originally published in French as Histoire d’Awu in 2000. The new critical edition includes Toman’s translation of the entire novel into English along with her 30-page introduction. The volume also features a preface by Thérèse Kuoh-Moukoury, the first woman novelist of sub-Saharan Africa. Toman’s project was supported by the Office of Deputy Provost Lynn Singer through the ACES+ Opportunity Program.