Nam Nguyen

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Nam Nguyen was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam. He started studying French in college, and received his B.A. from Vassar College in 2021 with honors in French & Francophone Studies and Media Studies.

Nam’s research interests center around 20th and 21st-century (post)colonial French and francophone literature, theory, and aesthetics, with a strong emphasis on (post)colonial Indochina, the Vietnam war, and transdiasporic autofictions. He’s fascinated by the relationship between trauma, history, and literature – specifically how (post)colonial literature can function as a conceptual and agentive “imaginary” in which authors rewrite their personal and collective histories at will. At Yale, Nam plans to study Khmer, work to decolonize trauma studies, and dream up a manifesto