Neil holds a BA (Honours) in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Manitoba and anticipates receiving his MA in French Literature the spring of 2018. During his undergraduate career, he was active in the University of Manitoba’s French Club, serving as both its vice-president and later as its president. In 2015, he was invited to present a paper titled “Que lisaient les Franco-Canado-Américains ? Les romans-feulletons des XIXe et XXe siècles dans la presse francophone du Midwest étatsunien” at Canada’s annual Congrès des Sciences humaines in collaboration with the Canadian organization ACÉF XIX. In 2017, he was invited to present a paper titled “Faut-il changer tout cela ? L’évolution textuelle des Maximes de La Rochefoucauld” at our department’s annual French and Italian Forum.
In 2013, Neil was accepted into a foreign exchange program between the University of Manitoba and l’université d’Angers in Angers, France. He was fortunate to have been taken under the wing of a very active host family, which permitted him to roam extensively in the southern and western regions the country. He proudly considers himself Midwestien du cœur mais breton par adoption.
His main interests are 19th and 20th century French and Francophone literature, but he enjoys wandering off into the realms of French-Anglo Canadian relations, la critique génétique, les romans de gare, and Franco-American literatures. He is also known to enjoy Nordic noir novels and copious amounts of coffee.