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My research is primarily concerned with the literatures of Haiti and the French Caribbean and their contributions to theories of history, modernity, postcolonialism, and the emergence of nationalism.  I am especially interested in nineteenth-century Haitian literature beyond the post-revolutionary period, anticolonial literature, and Francophone authors of color.

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Taino Deity Sculpture

My current book project and several of my upcoming publications focus on the indigenous Taino who lived on the island of Hispaniola prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus.  Specifically, I analyse the way in which nineteenth-century Haitian literary texts imagined national community and Haitian “indigeneity” through key moments of indigenous Taino history.

In my other upcoming conference presentations and publications, I aim to produce renewed critical interpretations of nineteenth-century Haitian novels. While non-fictional prose of the 19th century (both persuasive essays and histories) continues to receive scholarly attention, nineteenth- century novels are largely disregarded and have not yet fully contributed to our understanding of pre-Négritude Caribbean print culture.

IMG_1473Since July 2015 I have been an Assistant Professor of Francophone Studies in the Département d’études françaises (Department of French Studies) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  Within the department, I teach courses on the French language, French Caribbean literature, anticolonial Francophone authors of color, translation, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching.

Michael C. Reyes, PhD

Taino Sculpture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 2.0 fr].

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