Faculty Bio

Vinay Swamy

Professor of French and Francophone Studies 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 and has served as Director of the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris

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

Selected Publications :

Marcela Iacub, Trans. Vinay Swamy, Through the Keyhole: A History of Sex, Space and Public Modesty in Modern France (Manchester University Press, 2016).

Les Écrans de l'intégration : l'immigration maghrébine dans le cinéma français (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2015) co-edited with Sylvie Durmelat (Georgetown University).

Screening Integration: Recasting Maghrebi Immigration in Contemporary France (University of Nebraska Press, 2011), co-edited with Sylvie Durmelat (Georgetown University).

Interpreting the Republic: Marginalization and Belonging in Contemporary French Novels and Films (Lexington Books, 2011).


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