Felisa Vergara Reynolds

Assistant 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

Analyzing responses to the post-colonial era in Francophone literature, post-1960. My 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. Currently completing first monograph.


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

Recent Publications

Reynolds, Felisa Vergara and Michael Boler. "Aristotle and Zazie". Modern Philology. 2016, 113(4). 573-581. https://doi.org/10.1086/685382

Reynolds, Felisa Vergara Rwanda Revisited: Scholastique Mukasonga's Notre-Dame du Nil. 2015.

Reynolds, Felisa Vergara Maryse Condé's La vie sans fards: Knowledge and Truth Unmasked. 2015.

Reynolds, Felisa Vergara. "Khatibi as Derridas foil: Undermining the last defender of the French language". Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. 2014, 18(2). 199-206. https://doi.org/10.1080/17409292.2014.900933

Reynolds, Felisa Vergara The New Wretched of the Earth. 2012.

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