Postdoctoral Language Lecturer of French
Claire Reising is a specialist of 20th and 21st century Francophone literature and theater. Her first project, “Deferred Return and Experimental Creation: Dany Laferrière’s and Wajdi Mouawad’s Detours through Montreal,” analyzes how the two authors resist characterization as migrant writers or as exemplars of national identity. While their writing is animated by forced displacement and deferred return, they self-consciously draw attention to their authorial personas and experimental forms. Her analysis draws from Édouard Glissant’s theorizations of displacement and cultural production, highlighting the instability of concepts such as national identity, or home and host country.
Ph.D., French, New York University
M.Phil., New York University
B.A., M.A., University of Notre Dame
Research and teaching interests:
20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature, Francophone theater, visual culture, migration and cities, Caribbean literature, Québécois literature, Maghrebi literature and film