I received my PhD in French Studies from University of Waterloo in 2013 and my MA in French from the same institution in 2008.
Prior to joining Laurier, I taught at Queen’s University, University of Waterloo and University of Guelph and I worked as a research assistant for Dr. Tara Collington, specialist in 20th century French literature at University of Waterloo.
My main research is looking into the specificity of the 20th century and early 21st century French and Quebecois prison writings through a well-defined set of questions: how the reforms of the prison system are reflected in prison literature; strategies of fictionalization in writings on prison; the specificity of “witness literature” as a genre resulting from the experience of confinement; and fictional techniques of the prison literature. My work simultaneously adopts a literary and cultural studies perspective, favoring an interdisciplinary and comparative approach.
My current project is to continue the analysis of the prison literature by focusing on the study of the sufferance. Gwenaëlle Aubry, Sergio Kokis and Yoann Barbereau are a few authors on which I focus presently. I also have an interest in women’s literature, love, marriage and morality in the Renaissance era. The theories of Michel Foucault on bio-power, on society as a vast Panopticon and on sexuality remain at the core of my research on prison and on Renaissance literature.
FSL, Linguistics and French language pedagogy are important parts of my teaching experience, research and education. I have a special interest in teaching through theatre, songs and movies, and one of my projects concerns the integration of singing in French courses, which is the subject of a peer-reviewed paper I authored in 2021.
May 2013: Guy Poirier Graduate Dissertation Award in French Studies for the best thesis – PhD thesis, University of Waterloo, $1,750
March 2013: Best conference paper at the 10th Annual English Graduate Conference "Of Human Bondage: Literatures of Constraint", Université de Montréal, $100
2009-2012: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (SSHRC); 36 months, $60,000
June 2011: Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship, University of Victoria Covers the fees for the institute
May 2009: Guy Poirier Graduate Dissertation Award and University of Waterloo Senate Graduate Scholarship for the best thesis in French Studies - Master thesis, University of Waterloo, $600
May 2009: University of Waterloo Senate Graduate Scholarship, for the best thesis in French Studies, $600
May 2009: Convergences Award for the best communication at the graduate student conference, University of Waterloo, $30
May 2009: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS); 12 months; declined to accept SSHRC, $15,000
May 2008: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS); 12 months, $15,000
From January 2014 to August 2016, I worked at a project meant to create a Writing Centre in French at University of Waterloo and the students who asked for help in the Centre provided very positive feedback. The Writing Centre allowed me to help the students in a range of fields of writing and I am also very familiar with creating website publications. As a student, I was involved in the publication of Quintessence, the official student newspaper of the French Studies Department. While teaching FR482 at University of Waterloo, I encouraged students to write texts inspired by Dadaism, Surrealism and Oulipo and we published them in Quintessence.
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