Associate Professor of French
Associate Head of French Studies

Ph.D in French literature, University of Virginia
Doctorate in American literature, University of Toulouse

Farid Laroussi joined the University of British Columbia in 2010. His academic research focuses on contemporary French studies, Maghreb literature(s) in French and postcolonial studies. He has published extensively on questions pertaining to cultural representations and literary constructions and on issues regarding identity and identification, both in France and the Maghreb. His new book is Aesthetic Alchemy. Arts and Ideology in the 21st-Century Arab World.


  • Francophone/Maghreb Studies
  • 20th and 21st centuries French Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies


Work in progress
The Twilight of Theory: Literature after the Postcolonial Age
(book proposal)



Aesthetic Alchemy. Arts and Ideology in the 21st-Century Arab World. Liverpool University Press, forthcoming January 2021.

Postcolonial Counterpoint. Orientalism, France and the Maghreb. University of Toronto Press, 2016.

Écriture du sujet. Éditions Sils-Maria/Vrin: Bruxelles/Paris, 2006

Edited Journal Issue

Guest editor, Studies in Twenty and Twenty-First Literature, “Narratives of Migration in Europe”, forthcoming March 2021

Articles and Book Chapters

“Un air de rien chez Houellbecq: la désorientation dans le roman français hypermoderne”, forthcoming (winter 2020) at Contemporary French and Francophone Studies.

“The Postcolonial Meridian: Migration and Identity in Today’s France”, Interventions. Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Volume 21, 2019, Issue 3

“La littérature postcoloniale francophone: engagement ou résistance ?”, International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 20, Number 1 & 2, summer 2017

“Pères sans histoire: la loi de la fiction romanesque francophone au Maghreb”,  Nouvelles Études Francophones, Vol.3, winter 2016 

“From One Revolution to Another? Algeria’s Postcolonial Challenge”, Interventions. International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol.II, June 2016

“Revolution in the Age of Identity: North Africa and the Postcolonial Condition”, The Journal of Sociology of Islam, Vol., winter 2015