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Gwenola Caradec

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Assistant Professor

Gwenola Caradec grew up on the shores of Brittany, France and from there she has traveled, worked and lived abroad (especially in Ireland and Cambodia). She holds a “maîtrise de Lettres Modernes” from the Université of Rennes II, an M.A in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D in French Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature and more specifically on the intersection of poetics, environmentalism and ethics. Her work is also informed by postcolonial studies and explores, among others, the writings of Guillevic, Nicolas Pesquès, Philippe Jaccottet and Marguerite Duras, as well as Samuel Beckett, Patrick Chamoiseau, Maryse Condé and Edouard Glissant. She has published articles on the relation between a poetic way of writing and a stronger awareness of, and therefore care for, our environment and the nonhuman.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3105


(641) 269-4985

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On-Campus Address: 

Alumni Recitation Hall 330C
1226 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D. in French Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison Dissertation: « Partie prenante »: Environnement et Poétique dans la littérature Française et francophone des XXème et XXIème siècles.

Courses Taught: 

Contemporary Francophone Culture; Francophone Caribbean World; Intermediate French II

Primary Academic Interest: 

20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature

Academic Interests: 

French and Francophone language and culture Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Literature Poetry Environmental Studies and Ecocriticism Postcolonial Studies Animal Studies