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Postdoctoral Faculty

Flavien Falantin

Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in French
602 McClung Tower


My research explores the evolving representation of fictional readers in 20th- and 21st-century French & Francophone Literature, while drawing on secondary sources from reader-response criticism, intertextual and inter-medial studies, as well as affect and storytelling theory. My theoretical and pedagogical publications focus on the ways in which novelistic writing negotiates its meaning and social function in an active dialogue with philosophy, psychology and medical studies, as well as sociology, cinema and globalization. To me, doing research is far more than challenging my own thoughts: it is about sharing ideas and creating bridges between the great diversity of the Francophone world & cultures, collaborating with colleagues, and including students in the writing process.

  • Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington (2017)
  • “Généalogie du bovarysme. Retour sur le pouvoir de se concevoir autre,” ALKEMIE. Revue semestrielle francophone de littérature et philosophie, vol. 20, L’Imaginaire. Paris: Classiques Garnier. Décembre 2017: 265-276.
  • “Désir et réalité dans Madame Bovary de Gustave Flaubert et Nini mulâtresse du Sénégal d’Abdoulaye Sadji,” with Audrey Dobrenn, in Entre-Textes: Dialogues littéraires et culturels, eds. Vera Klekovkina et Oana Panaïté, Londres: Routledge. July 2017: 218-237.
  • “Gustave Flaubert et Abdoulaye Sadji. Dialectique d’une bêtise plaquée sur du vivant,” in Reading Communities: A Dialogical Approach to French and Francophone Literature / Communautés de lecture: pour une approche dialogique des œuvres classiques et contemporaines, ed. Oana Panaïté, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. August 2016: 103-124.
  • Review by Michael Tilby, French Studies, vol. 71.3, July 2017: 444.


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