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Holly Collins

Holly Collins

Associate Professor of French

One Bear Place #97392
Waco, TX 76798-7392
Office: Draper 158.06
Phone: (254) 710-1708

Spring 2017 office hours:

MWF 11:00-12:00 & 1:20-2:20


Ph.D. in Romance Languages: French, May 2011
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dissertation Director: Dr. Dominique Fisher
Re-reading Race, Identity and Color from the Nineteenth-century Naturalists to Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century Migrant Narrative

M.A. in French Literature, May 2006
University of New Mexico
Thesis: L’alcoolisme, l’innée et l’acquis dans les Rougon-Macquart d’Emile Zola

B.A. in French, Pre-med, May 2002
Mercer University, Macon, GA
Honors project: Angers: Ville d’art et d’histoire

Cours de Civilisation, Langues et Littérature Françaises à l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest
June-August 2000 Study abroad Angers, France

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Intermediate French

“Race Roulette: Hierarchy, Hypersexuality, and Hyperbole in Marie-Célie Agnant's The Book of Emma and Dany Laferrière's How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired.” Critical Insights: Contemporary Canadian Fiction. Ed. Carol Beran. Amenia, NY: Grey House Publishing. (19 ms pp. Forthcoming in 2015)

“Relations of Americanness, Hybridity and the Trans(multi)cultural: Studying Francophone Literatures in the U.S. ” Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy. (30 ms pp. Forthcoming in 2014)

“The Semantic War: The Pen as Sword in Rewriting Western Representations of Haiti in the Media.” International Journal of Francophone Studies 16.1&2 (2013): 191-207.

“Finding Their Wings: Yan-Zi and The Princesse’s Journey From Object to Subject in Ying Chen’s L'Ingratitude and Madame de Lafayette’s La Princesse de Clèves.” Romance Notes. 48.3 (2008): 385-94.


"From Trauma to Drama: Using Theater to Create a Polymorphous Space for Rwandan Representations of Genocide.” Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain (June 2014).

“Race Roulette: Hierarchy, Hypersexuality, and Hyperbole in Dany Laferrière’s How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired and Marie-Célie Agnant’s The Book of Emma.” The Western Social Science Association 56th Annual Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico (April 2014).

“Sur la route: L’enseignement de la compétence interculturelle par le road novel.” 3e Colloque International sur l’Enseignement français langue étrangère. Universidad de Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras), San Juan (February 2014).

“The Semantic War: The Pen as Sword in Rewriting Western Representations of Haiti in the
Media.” The Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S. 2013 Biennial Conference. Tampa, FL (November 2013).

“Creolization, Creoleness, Inclusions and Exclusions.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention. Boston, MA (January 2013).

20th and 21st century Francophone literatures from around the globe, but especially Quebecois and Caribbean literatures and cultures. 19th century French literature and society, especially the naturalists.