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Vinay Swamy

Professor and Chair of French and Francophone Studies

Vinay Swamy received his doctorate in French Studies with a certificate in Gender Studies from Northwestern University. He also holds a Master’s degree in French from Miami University, Ohio and completed his BA at Denison University. His teaching and research interests are located in French and Francophone literary traditions and their intersection with political and cultural histories, as well as the construction of social identities in contemporary France. He also teaches in the International Studies and Women’s Studies programs.

Professor Swamy regularly presents papers at various national and international conferences and has published on postcolonial Francophone works by Azouz Begag, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Maryse Condé and YB, which have appeared in various journals including Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and Yale French Studies. His articles on the PaCS debate and kinship structures in contemporary French films, on Hanif Kureishi’s “My Beautiful Laundrette” and on the 2003 film “L’Esquive” by Abdellatif Kechiche have been published in Comparative Literature Studies and Studies in French Cinema.