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Oana Sabo Associate Professor Department of French & Italian Tulane University

Oana Sabo

French Undergraduate Advisor, Department SACS Coordinator
Newcomb 311L Hours: TR 11-1


Ph.D., University of Southern California


My research focuses on migration and contemporary French & Francophone literature.

My first book, The Migrant Canon in Twenty-First-Century France (University of Nebraska Press, 2018), explores the evolution of “migrant literature” from a marginal genre in 1980s France to a genre that has become central to criticism and publishing at the start of the new millennium. Through analysis of literary texts and their consecrating agents (publishers, online reviewers, literary prizes, and language academies), I demonstrate that migrant novels are cultural commodities that mediate between literary and economic forms of value, academic and mass readerships, and national and global literary markets.

In addition, I have published articles on exile, diaspora, and transnationalism. I am currently at work on a second book project, which investigates the relationship between literature and activism by focusing on a new body of narratives about asylum seekers and refugees.

Selected Publications

  • “Dany Laferrière’s Aesthetic of Recycling.” French Forum 43.1 (Spring 2018): 97-111.
  • "Clandestine Migration and the Politics of Form in Nicole Caligaris’s Les Samothraces." Studies in Twentieth & Twenty-First Century Literature 42.2 (June 2018): 1-14. 
  • “Orthodox Spirituality and the Boundaries of Europe in the Novels of Maria Maïlat and Liliana Lazar.” The French Review 90.3 (March 2017): 75-86.
  • “Creativity and Place: Meena Alexander’s Poetics of Migration.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory 18.1 (March 2016): 67-80.
  • “Multilingual Novels as Transnational Literature: Yann Martel’s Self.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 45.4 (October 2014): 89-110.
  • “Disjunctures and Diaspora in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss.” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 47.3 (September 2012): 375-392.

Recent Graduate Courses

  • Migrant, Diasporic, and Transnational Literatures
  • The ‘Extreme Contemporary’ Novel
  • Literature and Political Engagement from Sartre to the Present
  • The French Avant-Garde

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