Bernard Aresu

Research Areas

Comparative and Transnational Studies • Postcolonial French Literature

Bernard Aresu studied humanities at the Université de Montpellier, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington where he earned a PhD in Comparative Literature. His research interests are in comparative and transnational studies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a special focus on the cultures of the Global South. His current book project, The Self in Dissidence: Mediterranean Fictions, examines issues of displacement and transculturalism in art and literature of the Franco-Mediterranean area.

Selected Publications

Tahar Ben Jelloun (New Orleans, LA: CELFAN Monographs, Tulane University, 1998).

Counterhegemonic Discourse from the Maghreb: The Poetics of Kateb’s Fiction (Tübingen: Gunter Narr, 1993).

Ed., with Christopher P. Pinet and Alec G. Hargreaves, Algérie-France, special issue of The French Review, 83/6 (May 2010).

Ed., Configurations of Memory in Postcolonial Narratives, special issue of L’Esprit créateur, 43/1 (Spring 2003).

Ed., Translations of the Orient, special issue of Substance 69 (December 1992).

“The Francophone Novel in North Africa,” in F. Abiola Irele (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 103-24.

“Albert Camus, Euro-Algerian Writing, and the Aporia of Identity,” in Alek Baylee Toumi (ed.), Albert Camus, précurseur: Méditerranée d’hier et d’aujourd’hui (New York: Peter Lang, 2009), 45-60.


“Arcanes algériens entés d’ajours helléniques: Le chien d'Ulysse, de Salim Bachi,” in Charles Bonn (ed.), Échanges et mutations des modèles littéraires entre l'Europe et l'Algérie (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2004), 177-87.


“Critical Introduction,“ in Kateb Yacine, Nedjma, trans. Richard Howard (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1991), xiii-lii.