Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts


May 16, 2022
– 12:00PM
226 Burrowes Bldg


My dissertation project investigates the poetic afterlives of marronage, broadly defined as the act of the enslaved escaping the space of the plantation. More specifically, it examines how writers from Martinique find inspiration in the performative dynamics of marronage—such as flight, cultural transplantation, memory, and errantry—and “translate” them into poetics, or modes of expression that inflect both the form and the content of their novels. To this end, I theorize what I call “marooning poetics” as a creative practice that draws aesthetic and epistemological inspiration from historical acts of marooning. My research takes Martinique as its main site of analysis, and focuses on the decolonial works of authors such as Édouard Glissant, Patrick Chamoiseau, Fabienne Kanor, and Alfred Alexandre. That said, the themes and ideas I develop resonate in other (post)colonial spaces of the Greater Caribbean, the US South, and the Indian Ocean. Within these contexts, the notion of “marooning poetics” allows particular engagement with the experience and history of enslaved/maroon populations, specifically how their afterlives enact unique modes of thought, expression, and flight, many of which perform decolonial work. With its esthetic and literary transpositions of maroon praxes, “marooning poetics” likewise permits the literary expression and development of Creole identities and cultures, of which significant parts come out of enslaved/maroon experience. 

Apr 29, 2022
– 4:30PM
Garden Room, Pasquerilla Center
2022 ceremony
Apr 13, 2022
– 4:00PM
112 Borland Building

“I am French, I am a woman, I am a Black woman. I am like everyone else. RIGHT?” A multimedia event about blackness, identity, and French citizenship. Written and performed by Caribbean author and filmmaker Véronique Kanor.

Apr 12, 2022
– 12:00PM
005 Ferguson Building

Conducted by Véronique and Fabienne Kanor, this trans-disciplinary workshop offers a unique opportunity to sense, reflect on, and transcend the experience of the African captives uprooted from their native land and falling into the hold of the slave-ship. This 3-hour, immersive session is about choreographing resistance, looking for voices, and writing the fall and rebirth. Please bring a yoga mat, a towel, or a loincloth with you. Ballet shoes, small tennis shoes, or big socks are welcome, too.

Apr 8, 2022
– 5:30PM
226 Burrowes

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Feb 11, 2022
– 1:00PM
226 Burrowes Building

Marie Paillard

Candidate for the PhD in French


Friday, February 11, 2022

11:00 a.m. EST

226 Burrowes Building

All are welcome to attend!

Dissertation Committee:

Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François (Dissertation Adviser; Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature)

Bénédicte Monicat (Professor of French and Women’s Studies)

Jennifer Boittin (Associate Professor of French, Francophone Studies and History)

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature)

Bruno Thibault (Professor of French Literature, University of Delaware, Special Member)


In “Creolizing Explorations: Trajectories, Relation, and Decentering Imaginaries in Francophone Caribbean and Indian Ocean Fictions,” I examine literary representations of marginal experiences in the context of transnational migration. I foreground my concept, creolizing explorations, as an integrated and comparative framework that brings together fictions from Creole islands: Mauritius, Guadeloupe, Haiti, la Réunion. I underscore how these works recalibrate our understanding of migrant experience in the context of globalization, by staging representations of creolizing processes through the exploration of and adaptation to new cultural geographies, sociolinguistic realities, and natural environments.

I consider eight novels by authors Marie-Célie Agnant, Carl de Souza, Emmanuel Genvrin, Émile Ollivier, Gisèle Pineau, Barlen Pyamootoo, and Amal Sewtohul. While predominant representations of migrants from the Global South tend to deprive them of their histories, memories, and subjectivities, I argue that these texts confer a different agency to migrants relocating from Creole islands to continental spaces, by depicting them as active agents of change and creolization and, I contend, as explorers.

Nov 16, 2021

Join us to hear a current TAPIF participant (Cody Harpster ’20) talk about his experiences with the program and share tips for applying.

Nov 16, 2021
– 12:00PM

Come hear FFS doctoral students Katie Ellis, Ryan Pilcher and Aaron Witcher present their research conducted during a FA 21 HI residency.

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