Youna Kwak

Lossett Visiting Assistant Professor, French
Modern Languages and Literatures

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Ph.D., French, New York University,
New York, NY

M.A., French Literature, New York University,
New York, NY

M.F.A., Poetry, University of Montana,
Missoula, MT

B.A., French Civilization; Modern Culture and Media,
Brown University, Providence, RI


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P: 909.748.8572

Meet Professor Kwak

My research focuses on 20th-21st-century French and Francophone literature, with an emphasis on autobiographical writing and critical theory.

Before earning my Ph.D. in French, I worked as a film editor, and this previous experience, as well as my current work in creative writing and literary translation, continues to inform my scholarly research. Consequently I’m most interested in generically hybridic work that foregrounds the interstices of the personal and the theoretical.

Courses Taught

French Language

20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Autobiographical Writing

Autobiographical Forms

On Belonging

Revolt! Student Protests from 1968-2019

Research and Teaching Interests

20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone Literature and Cinema

French Language

Autobiographical writing


Contemporary poetry

Roland Barthes

Race and Gender Studies

Critical Theory