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Vinay Swamy Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Vinay Swamy received his doctorate in French Studies with a certificate in Gender Studies from Northwestern University.  His teaching and research interests are located in French and Francophone literary and cinematic 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. Professor Swamy is the author and editor of several works including Interpeting the Republic (Lexington Books, 2011); Screening Integration (University of Nebraska, 2011); Les Écrans de l'intégration (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2015); and "Legitimizing 'iel'?" (H-France Salon, 2019 vol 11, issue 14).  He is also the translator of Through the Keyhole (Manchester University Press, 2016) by Marcela Iacub.

  • BA, Denison University; BA, Open University; MA, Miami University; PhD, Northwestern University
  • At Vassar since 2007

Contact

  • Phone: 845-437-5718
  • Office: Chicago Hall
  • Hours: Please consult the VWPP Web site for Professor Swamy's 2019-20 office hours.
  • Box: 46

Selected Publications

Legitimizing ‘iel’? Language and Trans communities in Francophone and Anglophone Spaces,”  a special online issue of H-France Salon (Volume 11, issue 14), co-edited with Louisa Mackenzie (University of Washinton, Seattle). 

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).

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.

Professor Swamy's monograph, Interpeting the Republic, was published in 2011 by Lexington Books.  He is editor (with Sylvie Durmelat, Georgetown University) of Screening Integration (U of Nebraska, 2011) an updated translation of which was published in 2015 as Les Écrans de l'intégration.  In 2016, Professor Swamy's book-length translation of Marcela Iacub's work was published by Manchester University Press as Through the Keyhole.

He 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 the 2003 film L’Esquive by Abdellatif Kechiche as well as on Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette have been published in Studies in French Cinema and Comparative Literature Studies.

In 2019, Professor Swamy co-edited (with Louisa MacKenzie of University of Washington, Seattle) “Legitimizing ‘iel’? Language and Trans communities in Francophone and Anglophone Spaces,”  a special online issue of H-France Salon, (Volume 11, issue 14). 

Professor Swamy has served as Chair of the the Department of French and Francophone Studies, and is returning for the third time to France to serve as Resident Director of the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris for 2019-20.