Felisa Vergara Reynolds

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

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, French and Italian

Recent Publications

Reynolds, F. V., & Boler, M. (2016). Aristotle and Zazie. Modern Philology, 113(4), 573-581. https://doi.org/10.1086/685382

Reynolds, F. V. (2015). Maryse Condé's La vie sans fards: Knowledge and Truth Unmasked. Paper presented at 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Internaitonal Colloquium, Baton Rouge, United States.

Reynolds, F. V. (2015). Rwanda Revisited: Scholastique Mukasonga's Notre-Dame du Nil. Paper presented at African Literature Association Conference, Bayreuth, Germany.

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

Reynolds, F. V. (2012). René Maran, Forgotten Father of the Francophone Novel. Journal of the African Literature Association, 7(1), 55-65. https://doi.org/10.1080/21674736.2012.11690199

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