Arnaud Perret

Arnaud PerretVisiting Assistant Professor, French Studies

Arnaud Perret’s primary research and teaching interests focus on francophone literatures of the Caribbean and North Africa. In particular, he analyses the cultural representations of paradigm shifts, often from a cross-cultural point of view and from a variety of theoretical perspectives such as postcolonial theories, concepts of testimony, nationalism, terrorism, psychoanalysis, as well as space and movement. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Poetics of Revolution: Identity Creation through Haitian and Algerian Literatures. In it, he studies the texts of several Haitian and Algerian authors to better understand how revolutions are lived. For his next project, tentatively titled Rise Up: Global Events and the Push for a Post-National Paradigm in the Francophone World he will examine recently published texts emanating from the Caribbean and North Africa in response to both the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 “Arab Spring.” In addition, Dr. Perret has a strong interest in cinema studies, particularly films of the French avant-garde, which he plans to further pursue in the near future.

Since joining the French Studies Department (formerly the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature) at the University of Puget Sound in 2012, Dr. Perret has taught a variety of classes, including French language and courses on Francophone literatures and cultures. He developed several advanced courses on the perceptions and representations of the francophone world that included novels, films, comics, and even Internet blogs for a unit on the “Arab Spring”. He also led an independent study course on the evolution of Francophone avant-gardes in Spring 2014. This fall, Dr. Perret will be organizing a French Film series and is looking forward to seeing former students and meeting new ones this coming academic year!


DUETI, Université de Savoie, 2002
BA, MA, University of North Texas, 2004, 2006
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2012


Publications and recent conference presentations include:

“Rupture de l’unité chronotope ou l’expression des traumatismes du colonialisme dans Un Dimanche au cachot de Patrick Chamoiseau.” forthcoming French Review (Vol. 88.3)

“Politiques économiques et la politique de l’économie dans la comédie de Kateb Yacine” 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium in New York, NY. 7 March 2014

"Attiser la Révolution et attirer l’attention internationale dans Le Mât de cocagne de René Depestre." Haiti in a Globalized Frame International Conference in Tallahassee, FL. 16 February 2013.

“L’Abondance référentielle dans Les Mémoires de Toussaint Louverture.” Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium in Raleigh, NC. 13 October 2012.

“Le Rêve comme hypogramme de la révolution dans Ultravocal de Frankétienne.” 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium in Toronto, ON. 25 March 2010.

“Lumina Sophie dite Surprise : un combat pour une représentation du ‘réel’.” Métissages et marronnages dans l'oeuvre de Suzanne Dracius. Ed. Y. Helm, Paris: L'Harmattan, 2009. 207-223.