Benjamin Ireland

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Benjamin Ireland

The interdisciplines of Asian-Pacific Francophone literature, Comparative Race Studies, and Queer Studies.

  • About

    My research explores the interdisciplines of Asian-Pacific Francophone literature, Comparative Race Studies, and Queer Studies. I work primarily with the literatures of Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese migrant writers of the French language residing in East/Southeast Asia, Polynesia, Melanesia, Canada, and the Mascarene Islands to examine critical discourses onmétissage/bi-raciality, queer affect, transnationalism, neocoloniality, biopolitics, temporal-spacialization, visual culture, and foodways.

     

    Publications 
    “Amélie Nothomb’s Distorted Truths: Birth, Identity, and Stupeur et tremblements.” New Zealand Journal of French Studies. 33.1 (2012): 135-156. 

    Conferences
    “Queer Werewolves and Straight Werefoxes: Medieval France Meets Classical Japanese Folklore.” NEMLA - Theory and Literary Criticism. Tufts University. Boston, Massachusetts. March 21-24, 2013.  

    “Amélie Nothomb: Identity, Abject, and Franco-Japanese Intertextuality in Stupeur et tremblements.” RMMLA - Women in French: Francophone Women and the Asian Experience. Boulder, Colorado. October 11, 2012.

  • Education
    • A.B., Davidson College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum laude)
    • French Literature (High Honors), East Asian Studies 
      Universté Paris IV-Sorbonne
      Université Paris VII-Diderot (Bi-cursus Lettres modernes/Japonais)