Alex Lenoble

Assistant Professor of French

Alex Lenoble is Assistant professor of French in the department of World Languages at the University of South Florida which he joined in 2019 after completing his Ph.D. at Cornell University.
He teaches Francophone literature and culture, French cinema, French literature from the 20th and the 21st century, literary theory, as well as language courses for undergraduate students.
His research interests include Francophone and Caribbean literatures from the 20th to the 21st century with a special focus on Haiti. He has published numerous articles on the work of Frankétienne in French and American academic journals. Other research interests include critical theory, postcolonial studies, queer and gender studies and psychoanalysis (especially trauma theory).
He is working on a book project entitled, How to Occupy the Real: Postcolonial Literatures beyond Representation. It addresses the ways in which postcolonial literary works respond to a historical exclusion of certain subjectivities from the symbolic. Occupying the real and putting pressure on the borders of the symbolic by experimenting with literary forms is one of the strategies authors use to express and overcome traumatic postcolonial experiences.