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Valentin Duquet is a generalist of French and Francophone Studies, working in 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century literatures and cultures. He is currently ABD at the University of Texas at Austin.

Combining cultural history and political geography, his research focuses on the fin-de-siècle period (with a particular interest in Émile Zola) and the colonial literature of early-20th-century Algeria through a postcolonial lens.

His dissertation, titled “Reversed Assimilation in French Algeria: The Geographical and Religious Anti-Colonialism of Eberhardt, Amrouche, Sénac, and Haddad,” looks at the construction of spaces of resistance based in the Sahara, Kabylia, and Al-Andalus.

During his coursework, he worked closely with the Middle Eastern Studies department, completing a Graduate Portfolio in Middle Eastern Studies and two years of the intensive Arabic language track.

His peer-reviewed research has been published in French Forum, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, and earned the 2019 “Recherche au Présent” prize at the 20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium.

He was born in Montbéliard in eastern France and holds MAs from Syracuse University and the Université de Strasbourg.