Reena Usha Rungoo
Usha received her M.A. in French Studies from Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada) in 2011. Before coming to Yale, she spent several years teaching French to a diverse range of people in Canada: from college students to public service and military personnel. As a native of Mauritius, her work centers on postcolonial literature and culture, more specifically from the Mascarenes and the Antilles. Her academic interests also include notions of space and cartography in literature, narrative experimentation and formalistic approaches to the novel, as well as geocriticism and ecocriticism. Her PhD thesis, comparing the works of Patrick Chamoiseau, Raphael Confiant, Maryse Conde, Axel Gauvin, Ananda Devi and Amal Sewtohul, is titled: “Comparisons across Oceans: Reproducing Island Spaces through Narratological Maneuvers in the Mascarenes and the Antilles”.