Visiting Assistant Professor
MA Arab History, Literature and Philology, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
MA French and Comparative Literature, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
Maîtrise (BA), Licence, DEUG, French and Comparative Literature, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
Ramla Bedoui grew up and was schooled until high school in a bilingual Tunisia in both Arabic and French. She finished her Ph.D at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, under the direction of Professeur Bertrand Marchal on the construction of individual and collective memory within the works of Baudelaire and Mallarmé and how they shaped contemporary French society, history and public space. Drawing on Ricoeur, Bedoui also showed how these poets contributed to theories elaborated by Barthes, Foucault, Deleuze and Derrida.
She is currently working on a monograph that grew from the project of a second Ph. D., and which examines the conflict in North Africa between Secularists and feminists on the one hand and political Islam on the other, from the XIXth century to the Arab Spring. She investigates how this conflict has been influenced by both Arab and French-language political, philosophical, and literary traditions. She further explores in “Beur” and “Urban” literature, and in the cinéma de banlieue how displacement and identitarian crises inflect the experience and collective memory of generations of immigrants in a secular (laïque) France, and how they interact with other religious communities.
Prof. Bedoui has lectured in the US and internationally; she has taught classes at Yale University on French Language and Culture, and at Connecticut College on Francophone literature and history, the representation of revolutionary French and Francophone women, the Arab Spring and Revolution in the Maghreb, and the history and contemporary configuration of Islam. She has also taught French language classes at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. In France, she taught French as a Foreign Language (FLE) and social integration skills to first- and second-generations immigrants in the city of Seine Saint-Denis.
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