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Holly Collins

Holly Collins

Associate Professor of French

One Bear Place #97391
Waco, TX 76798
Office: Draper 158.06
Phone: (254) 710-1708

Spring 2018 office hours:

MWF 2:30-4:30


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

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.

Francophone Culture and Literature WATCH COURSE TRAILER!
Survey of French Literature
Intermediate French
Conversational French
Advanced Conversation and Composition
French Writers and Ideas I: From Roland to Revolution
French Writers and Ideas II: From Romanticism to Post-Modernism


“Between Enigma and Concrete Reality: Identity in Dany Laferrière’s L’Énigme du retour and Tout bouge autour de moi.” (6,979 words. Forthcoming in Australasian Canadian Studies.)

“From Trauma to Drama in Groupov’s Rwanda 94: Creating a Polymorphous Space for Witnessing (to) the Rwandan Genocide.” (9,545 words. Forthcoming in International Journal of Francophone Studies.)

La querelle de la Créolisation: Creolization vs. Créolité in Glissant, Condé and the Creolists.” Nottingham French Studies 56.1. (2017): 67-81.

“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 68 & 69. (Fall 2016): 131-163.

“Immigration and Abandonment in Ryad Assani-Razaki’s Deux cercles and La main d’Iman.South Central Review 33.3 (2016): 18-37.

“‘This African blood that burned in her veins’: Rereading Race in Emile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin.” Dalhousie French Studies 106. (Summer 2015): 79-90.

“The Littérature-monde vs. the Parisian Publishing Empire.” Romance Notes 55.3 (2015): 495-508.

“Towards a ‘Brave New World’: Tracing the Emergence of Creolization in Maryse Condé’s Canonical Rewritings.” Women in French Studies 23 (2015): 69-84.

“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. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2014. 88-104.

“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.



“The Domino Effect: Race, Immigration, and Political Extremism.” Fifteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities: New Directions of the Humanities in a Knowledge Society. Imperial College London, UK (5–7 July 2017) [Read in absentia due to illness]

“Between Words and Silence : Silencing the journalist in Marie-Célie Agnant’s Femmes au temps des carnassiers and Dany Laferrière’s Le cri des oiseaux fous.” American Council for Quebec Studies Biennial Conference. Portland, ME (November 2016).

“The Ethics of Race and Gender in the Literature of Dany Laferrière and Marie-Célie Agnant.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention. Austin, TX (January 2016).

“For Better, for Worse: Immigration in Ryad Assani-Razaki’s Deux cercles: nouvelles.” American Council for Quebec Studies Biennial Conference. Montreal, Quebec (October 2014).

“The Disappearing Savior: Salvation, Immigration, and Abandonment in Ryad Assani-Razaki’s Deux cercles and La main d’Iman.” Quebec Studies Colloquium, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (October 2014).

“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).

“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).

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