Ph.D., Michigan State University
Agnès Peysson-Zeiss is the Coordinator of the Intensive Language sequence in French, and of the Teaching Assistant Training Workshop. Educated in France in the pedagogy of teaching French to foreigners, she is a specialist as well of 19th and 20th century francophone literature. She has researched the works of the Algerian francophone writer Assia Djebar and published a number of articles on her polyphonic texts, particularly on the Algerian Quatuor; looking at the forms of metalanguage used by the author to rewrite women’s history and her way of marking a new approach to her-story through the use of song, dance and the feminine gaze. She has recently focused on film-makers of North Africa with a particular emphasis on Tunisia. In her research, she examines Moufida Tlatli and Raja Amari’s films, and explores the links between female servitude in a male-dominated society and obstacles to women’s emancipation, focusing on non-verbal forms of communication to give women a voice. She currently teaches the intensive sequence as well as the introduction to literature and the stylistics courses.