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Dr. Johanne Bénard

I am currently Associate Dean of Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science and a professor in the Department of French Studies. I grew up in Québec and attended Université de Montréal, where I received a Ph.D. in 1989. My dissertation was on the French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline and, in 2000, I published L’inter-dit célinien. Pour une lecture autobiographique de l’oeuvre de Louis-Ferdinand Céline. I have since published many articles on Céline and, with two co-editors and, a book on Céline’s polemic works: Les pamphlets de Céline: enjeux d’une réédition et bilan de la recherche. My research comprises different French authors of the XXth century (Colette, Cocteau, Beckett, Queneau and Sarraute among others), with a focus on intertextuality and intermediality. My most recent area of research is the presence of Shakespeare’s plays in Céline’s novels, and, more generally, the relationship between Céline’s work and theatre. I am also a regular contributor to the Québécois journal, Jeu.