S. Farzad Salamifar
Farzad Salamifar is a PhD candidate in French and Francophone World Studies, and a recipient of Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship. He holds a B.A. in French Language and Linguistics, and an M.A. in French Language and Literature, both from the University of Tehran. His master’s thesis, “René Daumal and the Oriental Keepsakes” investigates the influence of Hindu mysticism and the Far-Eastern philosophy on Daumal’s poetics. Farzad’s dissertation, “The Re-Emergence of Subject in Contemporary French Fiction,” focuses on the post-May ’68 fiction in France. It examins how the dominant fiction genres of this period—autofiction, biofiction, and collective compositions—mark a return to the more conventional narrative techniques, and studies the relative place of human subject within this new novelistic world.
Farzad’s main areas of research include 20th- and 21st-century French literature, French critical theory, postcolonial theory, and the North-African immigration to France.