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Felisa Vergara Reynolds

Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature in French, from former French colonies and the French-speaking world
  • Special concentration on the French Caribbean
  • Interests in West Africa and North Africa
  • Post-colonial theory and analysis

Research Description

I analyze the post-colonial era in Francophone literature, post-1960. In particular, I focus on the ever-lasting impact of colonialism and how it is represented in literary and artistic productions. Current monograph, The Author as Cannibal:  Re-Writing in Francophone Literature as a Postcolonial Genre (1969-1995), (Forthcoming, University of Nebraska Press, 2021).



  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, Rice University
  • BA, Rice University

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, French and Italian
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Associate Professor, European Union Center
Associate Professor, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives
Associate Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Associate Professor, Center for African Studies

Recent Publications

Reynolds, F. V. (2023). The Politics of Colonization in Ryan Coogler's Black Panther. Black Camera, 14(2), 172-184.

Reynolds, F. V. (2022). The Author as Cannibal: Rewriting in Francophone Literature as a Postcolonial Genre, 1969–1995. University of Nebraska Press.

Reynolds, F. V. (2018). Review: G.M. Francis' (ed.) Amour, sexe, genre et trauma dans la Caraïbe francophone. New West Indian Guide, 92(1-2), 162-163.

Reynolds, F. V. (2018). Review: O. Sabo's The Migrant Canon in Twenty-First Century France. H-France Review, 18, Article 232.

Reynolds, F. V. (2017). Review: S. Allen's René Maran’s ‘Batouala’ Jazz-Text. French Studies, 71(1), 127-127.

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