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    Specialist in 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Literatures

    My dissertation, “Beur, Blanc, Black: The Banlieue Talks Back in Novels, Films, and Graphic Novels,” examines representations of the French banlieue in autobiographical and autofictive novels, films, and graphic novels published between 1999 and 2015 and produced by persons who grew up in the banlieue. With an eye to the specificity of each medium, I analyze how the authors leverage the unique creative possibilities of each medium to challenge the mythology of the cité as an urban ghetto.


    University of Texas, Austin, TX.                                         August 2012-Present

    Ph.D. Candidate in French Studies

    Dissertation: “Beur, Blanc, Black: The Banlieue Talks Back in Novels, Films and Graphic Novels”

    Dissertation Co-Chairs: Hervé Picherit (French) and Benjamin Brower (History)

    Rice University, Houston, TX.                                        August 2007-May 2011

    BA in French Studies and History

    Senior Honors Thesis: “Changing Attitudes Towards Mosque Construction in France, 1926-2011”


    Wright, Jocelyn. “Pleasures of Linguistic Creativity: Faïza Guène’s Kiffe kiffe demain (2004) and Her Legacy of Pop Culture Polyphony.” Book chapter in Women’s Pleasures. Peter Lang, publisher. Eds. Carrie Tarr, Maggie Allison, Gillian Ni Cheallaigh, Elliot Evans. Under publisher review.


    Wright, Jocelyn. “Une femme d’Alger dans son appartement: Identity, Métissage, and Ekphrasis in Leïla Sebbar’s Shérazade.CELAAN Review 13.2: Special Issue on Leïla Sebbar. Nov. 2016. Ed. Ida Kummer. 158-169.

    Blog Posts


      Filmed Presentations:

      “Polyphonic (Dés)intégration: French banlieue literature at the turn of the twenty-first century.” Unsetting Communities: Minor, Minority, and Small Literatures in Europe. The Institute of Modern Languages Research. London, UK. February 23, 2017.

      “Polyphonic (Dis)integration: Muslims in French Banlieue Culture.” Turkey and Islam in France and Europe: Migrant Cultural Memory on Screen and Page. The Institute of Modern Languages Research. London, UK. March 11, 2017.

      Publications in progress:

      Wright, Jocelyn. “(Dés)Intégration? The Sustainability of Integrationist Policies in Twenty-First Century French Banlieue Films and Novels.”

      Wright, Jocelyn. “La Petite cité dans la prairie: Echoes of Little House on the Prairie in French Banlieue Literature.”



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