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Featured faculty: Felisa V. Reynolds, French and Italian

12/19/2016  8:00 am

Felisa Vergara Reynolds is an Assistant Professor of French and Italian. She also is affiliated with the U of I in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for African Studies. She is currently on leave for 2016-17.

Professor Reynolds focuses predominantly on 20th and 21st-century literature in French, from former French colonies and the French-speaking world. Areas of research include, but are not limited to, West Africa and North Africa, with a special concentration on the French Caribbean. Additionally she incorporates post-colonial theory into literary analysis, and examines the role played by the legacy of colonialism in literary production.

Her current monograph focuses on critiques of colonialism in the post-colonial era by studying the re-writing of Western European literary works as protest. Selected re-writings by Francophone authors from former colonies are presented as a symbol of deep discontentment and powerful discourse against colonialism.

She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Rice University and her Ph.D. from Harvard.