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Ph.D., French Literature, University of Pittsburgh.
Title of dissertation:
The Blind Spot in a Dream of Dissymmetry. Directed by Professor Yves Citton.
M.A., French Literature, University of Pittsburgh.
Certificat de Maîtrise, Littérature française générale et comparée, Université de Nantes, France.
B.A., French Literature, Ramnarain Ruia College, University of Bombay, India.
B.A., Psychology, Sophia College, University of Bombay, India.
Dr. Raji Vallury is Associate Professor of French and Director of Women Studies at UNM. Her research examines the relationship between aesthetics and politics in 19th- and 20th-century French and Francophone literature, with an emphasis on critical, feminist, and post-colonial theory. Dr. Vallury studies how literature and cinema construct democratic and egalitarian modes of speech, visibility, and participation within a sphere of the common. Philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancière, Étienne Balibar, and Hannah Arendt are formative to her enquiry into this question. She is the author of 'Surfacing' the Politics of Desire: Literature, Feminism, and Myth (University of Toronto Press, 2008), a book that analyses the aesthetic production of desire and sexuality in iconic literary texts of nineteenth-century France, arguing for the power of literature to inscribe a liberatory politics of gender that challenges generally accepted presuppositions of feminist critical paradigms. Her second monograph entitled Metaphors of Invention and Dissension (forthcoming in September 2017), studies how the disruptive logics of allegory and metaphor create spaces of democratic dissent, freedom, and equality in the postcolonial Algerian novel. Dr. Vallury is currently editing a volume of essays on theory, aesthetics, and politics in 20th- and 21st-century France and the Francophone world. Her articles on the politics of literary fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in edited volumes with Les Presses Universitaires de Paris-Sorbonne, Duke University Press, Les Presses Universitaires de Rennes, L’Harmattan, and the journals Paragraph, Sub-Stance, French Forum, Novel, The International Journal of Francophone Studies, and Dalhousie French Studies. She has directed graduate theses on the cinematic, literary, and textual inscriptions of memory on the Algerian War, the aesthetico-political value of the trope of Andalusia in the North African novel, the politics of community in French and Francophone rap music, and the philosophy of love in Camus, Sartre, and de Beauvoir. She welcomes the opportunity to work with graduate students interested in the intersections of aesthetics and politics in French and Francophone literature and cinema, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies.
Series: Reinventing Critical Theory Series Editor: Gabriel Rockhill