Vaheed Ramazani Professor Tulane University Department of French & Italian

Vaheed Ramazani

Katherine B. Gore Professor Emeritus of French


Ph.D., University of Virginia


Vaheed came to Tulane after having taught for a year and a half at William and Mary and a year at Emory University, appointments that were separated by a semester-long fellowship at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Vaheed’s research interests include 19th-century French literature and culture; critical theory; narratology; gender studies; war and media; trauma and cultural memory; and international humanitarian law and ethics.


He is the author of three books:

The Free Indirect Mode: Flaubert and the Poetics of Irony, The University Press of Virginia, December 1988

Writing in Pain: Literature, History, and the Culture of Denial, Palgrave Macmillan, September 2007

Rhetoric, Fantasy, and the War on Terror, Routledge, 2021. Paperback version Fall 2022


His articles have appeared in numerous journals, including PMLA; Nineteenth-Century French Studies; Romanic Review; Boundary 2; Cultural Critique; SubStance; Middle East Critique; Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association; Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East; and Culture, Theory and Critique.


Examples of the courses he has taught at Tulane:

  • Introduction to Critical Theory
  • Paris as Spectacle
  • Gender, Commerce and Power
  • Adaptation: Film and Literature
  • Masculine/Feminine
  • Ange ou Démon? The Sacred in 19th-Century French Literature
  • Irony
  • Nationalism
  • Violence and Ethics


In the years during which he held the Katherine B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Vaheed brought to campus the following speakers:

  • Ross Chambers, Marvin Felheim Distinguished University Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
  • Deborah Jenson, Professor of Romance Studies and Global Health, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Faculty Affiliate of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Duke University
  • Madeleine Dobie, Professor of French, Columbia University
  • Debarati Sanyal, Professor of French, University of California, Berkeley
  • Farzaneh Milani, Raymond J. Nelson Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia
  • Richard Terdiman, Professor Emeritus of French Literature and History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Peter Brooks, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar in Comparative Literature, Princeton University
  • Jonathan Culler, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cornell University
  • Olivia C. Harrison, Associate Professor of French and Italian and Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California
  • Mark Danner, James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and Chancellor’s Professor of Journalism, English, and Politics, University of California, Berkeley
  • W.J.T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago
  • Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Miriam Cooke, Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor Emerita of Arab Cultures, Duke University
  • Lisa Parks, Distinguished Professor of Film and Media Studies and Director of the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Lisa Hajjar, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Keith Feldman, Associate Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley


In addition to overseeing the Department’s speaker series, Vaheed served three full terms as Director of Graduate Studies, one term as Acting Chair, and one term as Chair. He also served on the School of Liberal Arts’ Committee on Promotion and Tenure.