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Pascale Perraudin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Ph.D., Boston College

M.A., Boston College

B.A. (Licence) Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France

Research Interests

  • Postcolonial literatures and decolonization
  • Intergenerational and institutional transmission of culture and memory
  • French-Algerian War and curation of memory
  • Intermediality
  • Life writing and first-person narratives

Publications and Media Placements

Co-edited Volumes:

Transmission, conservation et mediation des saviors: la curation à l’œuvre / Transmitting, Conserving, and Mediating Knowledge: Curation at Work. Eds. Dawn Cornelio and Pascale Perraudin. Special issue of Crossways Journal No 4.1 (2021), (Forthcoming November 2021)

Transnational Inquiries : Representing Postcolonial Violence and Cultures of Struggles. Eds. Pascale Perraudin, Basuli Deb and Annedith Schneider. Special issue of Postcolonial Text (Canada) 7.1 (2012).

Current book projects:

Family Secrets: Contemporary French-Algerian Fiction and the Struggle for Memory. I examine how contemporary authors position themselves in relation to memory and earlier framings of the French-Algerian War. Authors under consideration all have a personal connection to the war, either as direct witness at the time of their childhood, or as heir, through their family ties. I focus on how authors use personal history, family archives, mementos and photographs to retrieve and curate stories of the past in their personal narratives.

“Ce que j’ai vécu…” 2018-1954: Un enfant de la guerre d’Algérie. I conducted an interview of a former student’s father who experienced the French-Algerian War as a child. This man, an Algerian citizen in his 60s, is now recounting his memories to me, in front of his daughter (in her 20s), for the first time. By doing so, he breaks a long silence. In offering his story to her daughter, this interview bridges several generations within the same family by providing a story that children (of the person interviewed) did not know. It also brings to the fore how some historical photographs have been used and re-used in narratives that have taken shape in the aftermath of the war, as well as in today’s narratives. It also highlights some political and cultural perspectives about key events that occurred during the war and after the war.

Recent articles and book chapters:

« La carte postale disparue : brouillons d’une histoire singulière. » in Image and Narrative N0 23.1 (January 2022),

« Essai sur la curation et ses singularités. » in Transmission, conservation et médiation des savoirs : la curation à l’œuvre / Transmitting, Conserving, and Mediating Knowledge: Curation at Work (Special Issue), Crossways Journal No 4.1 (2021), (November 2021)

“Histoire, mémoire, image. A rebours du cliché de la guerre d’Algérie dans Des hommes de Laurent Mauvignier”, in Représentations de la guerre d’indépendance algérienne, Ed. Maya Boutaghou. Classiques Garnier, 2019, p. 81-98.

“Curating the self: du dispositif au décloisonnement des mémoires dans Entendez-vous dans les montagnes…”, in Maïssa Bey: deux décennies de créativité. Ed. Houda Hamdi. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2019, p.151-172.

“Fiction(s) de nation et interculturalité” (Fiction(s) of Nation and Interculturality). Special Issue: Contemporary Intercultural Dynamics. Eds. Magord, André and Ariane Le Moing. International Journal of Cultural Research, 3 (16): November 2014, pages 42-47 [ISSN 2079-1100]

Recent lectures:

“Curating the Colonial Past: The lost Postcard and its Afterlives.” Women and Gender Studies, Brown Bag Series, Saint Louis University. October 13,, 2021.

“Curation : création et critique performative. ” Session on “Les écrivain.e.s à l’ère du virtuel: curation, sites, blogs, e-musées. 38th Annual 20th & 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Virtual Colloquium (Georgetown University), March 12, 2021.

“Carte postale et histoires familières : vers une curation de la mémoire de la Guerre d’Algérie. » International Colloquium on ‘Circulation des cartes postales dans la culture visuelle et littéraire,’ may 10, 2021, Virtual Format (Hosted by Université de Lille, France and, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

“Transnational Quests: Memory, Justice, and Dominant narratives.” Virtual Study Days: Algerian and Anglophone Cultures and Literatures: Encounters and (Inter)Connections. May 24-25, 2021. University of Guelma, Algeria.

“Curating Colonial Legacies: Reconfiguring spaces of the Self.” Part of a double panel I co-organized on “Images of the Self and Images of Others: The Metaphor of Curation in and about the Arts.” for Women In French, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference. (El Paso, TX, October 2019)

“Littérature haïtienne avec Lyonel Trouillot.” Webster University, (MO), November 19 2019

“De père en fille : envoi, carte et feuille de route critique. De mon dispositif critique à Maïssa Bey.” RMMLA 2018 (Cheyenne, Wyoming, October 2018)

“Départ, trahison et exil: (dés)intégration spatiale et quête d’inclusion chez Zahia Rahmani.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (Spokane, WA October 2017).

"Non-lieux dans la mémoire algérienne de Cixous." at the Midwest Modern Language Association on November 12, 2016 (St Louis, MO)

"L'Algérie et la mémoire (in)hospitalière chez Cixous." Women in French: Legacy, Mediation and Experience; Writing Transgenerational Memory in Contemporary French and Francophone Literatures (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Salt Lake City, October 6, 2016)

"Cherchez la femme! Film, Postcolonialisme et Histoire." Women in French Teaching Roundtable, at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language association, Salt Lake City, October 7, 2016.

“A conversation with Maïssa Bey.” Roundtable with Algerian author Maïssa Bey at the International Colloquium of Twentieth and Twenty-first century French and Francophone Studies (Saint Louis, MO) in March 2016.

“The Challenges of Cultural Integration in France” American Association of Teachers of French in St Louis (February 6, 2016).

“Pré-textes, annexes et destinées, ou pour une performance de la mémoire transgénérationnelle chez Maïssa Bey ». Session on Transgenerational Contemporary Francophone Literature (organized by Women In French session), Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, Santa Fe, NM, October 8, 2015.

“Charlie Hebdo and the Untold Narrative of the Colonial Past.” Keynote Panel on Legacies of Migration, Languages, Literature, and Culture Student Symposium, Saint Louis University, March 28, 2015

“A rebours de la mémoire illégitime: Guerre d’Algérie et secrets transgénérationnels.” Panel on Exposure and Concealment: Family Secrets in Contemporary French and Francophone Literatures, Women in French. RMMLA, October 9, 2014. Boise, Idaho.

Honors and Awards

  • Innovative Teaching Fellowship, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Saint Louis University for project to redesign course “French and International Relations” (Fall 2017)
  • Fellowship at the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity’s (NCFDD) Faculty Success Program (Spring 2019

Community Work and Service

  • Assistant Editor for The French Review, The journal for the American Association of Teachers of French.
  • Board Director of The Alliance Française of Saint Louis, (May 2021-May 2016)
  • International Institute: volunteer