Associate Professor 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 newest book is Postcolonial Counterpoint. Orientalism, France and the Maghreb.


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


Work in progress
Aesthetic Alchemy
(book proposal)


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

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

Articles and book chapters

“The Postcolonial Meridian: Migration and Identity in Today’s France”, Interventions. Journal of Postcolonial Studies, December 16, 2018

“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

“Séductions: lettres françaises et monde arabe dans le XXe siècle colonial et post-colonial”, Les écrivains français et le monde arabe, Ralph Heyndels (ed.), Travaux de Littérature, vol. XXIII, ADIREL, 2010

Winter 2018

FREN221 Introduction to Modern Literature written in French and to Textual Analysis Sections

Students will familiarize themselves with techniques of literary analysis, as applied to representative works from the 18th century to the present, including theatre, fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program.

Winter 2018

FREN329 Selected Works of European French Literature Sections

Representative works viewed in their historical, social, and cultural contexts.

Winter 2018

FREN425A Studies in French Autobiography - STDY FRN AUTOBIO Sections

Winter 2018

FREN511A Studies in Contemporary French Literature - CONTEMP FR LIT Sections