MA theses recently supervised

2022 Meloée Girardin, Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Racial Injustice: The Depiction of Pain, Resilience and Ethical Loneliness in Claudia Rankine and Toni Morrison

2022. Ivana Erard, The Many Faces of the New Lilith:Transforming Fear and Desire in Modern Media.

2022 Lucien Baroni, Welcome to The Good Land : Narrating the New Countryside in Three Contemporary North American Memoirs of Rural Migration.

2022 Marine Bart, What Is Hiding Behind Gender Norms: Deconstructing the Patriarchal Facade in Nigeria in “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives” by Lola Shoneyin.

2022 Neves Fetal Da Silva Angela, Up and Down the Rabbit-Hole of the Environmentalism: Alice’s Wonderings and Wanderings as Models for Environmental Justice and Agency.

2022 Léa Neveu, Zoe Whittall’s “Bottle Rocket Hearts”: A Queer Bildungsroman Writing for Social Change.

2022 Mubina Mehmedovic, Victim Narratives and Historical Fiction Written by Foreigners: Experiencing the Bosnian War in Steven Galloway’s “The Cellist of Sarajevo” and Angelina Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey”.

2022 Vanessa Colella, Feminist and Controversial Themes in Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”: From the Novel, to Online Reception and Gerwig’s Movie Adaptation.

2021 Roxane Cervellin, “Redefining National Identities and Illustrating Erasure”. A Political Reenactment of Indigenous Identities in Australian Graphic Novels.

2021 Elsa Maeder, Rhetorics of Opposition: 1960s and 1970s Counterculture Revived in 21st Century Environmental Movements.

2021 Nicolas Caminada, The Myth of the Frontier: Discourse, Ideology and National Myths

2021 Laeticia Clavien, Learning About the Constructivism of Gender in Margaret Atwood’s
“The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Testaments”.

2020 Jonathan Collé, Power Relationships in Science Fiction: a distorted mirror

2020 Ivano Terzaghi, American Mythology and Sports. Why American Football Has Become the US’ Favorite Sport

2019 Caroline Altevogt, The Representation of Journalism in The Newsroom by Aaron Sorkin

2019 Ella Stornetta, Tropes of Race and Gender in African American Science Fiction: A Study of Octavia E. Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy

2019 Eugénie Ribeiro, Queer Madness in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper“, Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan

2018 Elizabeth Watson, Ecotopia Revitalized: Imagining our Way to a Sustainable Future.

2018 Samantha Meyer, Myths, Identity and Ideology in African American Literature : Defining Blackness from Douglass to Coates.

2018 Katia Behn, Acting Black, Acting White : Race, Class, and Authencity in “Dear White People”

2018 Joelle Morard, Peace in the Holy Land: The Dream is Still Alive, Memoirs by an Israeli and a Palestinian Peace Activist

2017 Chapalay, Justine. Pictures Are Deceiving and We Wanted to Be Deceived” : Cross-Dressing Gender in Contemporary Queer Photography

2017 Elena Kleczynski, A Journey Towards the Self: The Construction of the Black Woman’s Identity between Failure and Success in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

2017 Ana Gomes Correia,“I am how they trained me”: Military Identity, Masculinity, and the Threat of Femininity in The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford and Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon

Zosso, Frank. Drawing the Reader in: Subitizing Presence and Absence Within and With(out) the Text in Danielewski’s House of Leaves

2017 Anastasiia Gubko, Femininity and Insanity: The Representation of Female Madness in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted

2017 Clémence Tardent, “We Must and We Will Remain Vigilant” : The Representation of the Middle East, Arabs and Terrorism in Homeland‘s Fifth Season

2017 Claudia Nazroo, Framing the ” Muslimwoman” into the American Coming-of-Age: A comparative Reading of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Nomad: From Islam to America a Journey through the Clash of Civilizations and Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf : a Novel

2017 Gaelle Ramet, “Wanted for the U.S.M.C.” : Marine Corps Propaganda on Facebook

2016 Aurélien Tille, “The Figurative Power of Science Fiction: the Vietnam War in Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War

2016 Elsa Delacrétaz, “Graphic Memoirs and Vivid Characters : A Comparative Analysis of Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother ? and Nicole J. Georges’s Calling Dr Laura”

2016 Florian Carreaux, “The Dynamics of Dysfunctional Families Exposed: Putting Childhood Trauma into Words as a Way to Break the Cycle of Self-Destructive Behavior in Pat Conroy’s Works”

2016 Julien Godinat, “Proud, gentle, fearless, ruthless, and painfully polite”: The Vietnamese as an alternative to American culture in Gustav Hasford’s The Short-Timers and The Phantom Blooper

2015 Anas Sareen, Indefinite Sovereignty : Empire, Captivity and Narratives of Sovereign Power (co-supervised with Valérie Cossy)

2015 Yannick Weber, Ideology and American Empire: Narrating 9/11 and the War on Terror in Speeches by George W. Bush and Barack Obama

2015 Alexa Pittet, The Humor of War: Black Humor in American Literature

2015 Raphael Meyer, Following Movement. A Comparative Analysis on the Motives and the Implications of Movement in “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, “On the Road” and “Into the Wild”

2015 Luca Bianchetti, The Beast Within: The Werewolf in Contemporary Literature

2015 Yassin Megzari, Crossing Boundaries in the Fiction of Iceberg Slim

2014 Virginie Héritier, Sexuality, Oppression and Emancipation in Jacobs and Hurston: Towards a New Definition of Womanhood

2014 Vincent Bolomey, Between Concrete and Streetlights: Urban Sprawl and the Hip Hop Revolution

2014 Audrey Loetscher, Writing the Nation: American Presidential Speeches, or, Mythic Discourse on the Vietnam and Iraq Wars

2014 Isabelle Wenger, A Story of Ice and Fire, a Feminist Series?

2104 Céline Matthey, Caribbean writers in the US: new writings of immigration in Junot Díaz’s Brief and Wondrous life of Oscar Wao, Edwidge Danticat’s Dew Breaker and Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban

2014 Edwards, Harley, Gustav Hasford’s ‘Vietnam Novels’ : An Ecocritical Approach.

2014 Ingargiola, Jonathan, Reading Gustav Hasford: Putting Your Beliefs into the Meat Grinder

2013 Lilijan Teofanovic, Orientalism and Denial in the Literature of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars

2013 Silvia Buta, The Beats and Buddhism: A Historical and Literary Analysis. A Study of the Works of Lenore Kandel, Joanne Kyger, and Gary Snyder

2013 Virginie Germanier, The Representation of the Southern Belle in Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wing and Ellen Glasgow’s The Battle-Ground

2013 Maha Tazi, Contemporary Representations of Female Adoptees in American Literature

2013 Auria Burkhalter, Reality TV and Governmental Control in The Hunger Games Trilogy: “Dystopia as Social Critique?”

2013 Karim Zegwaart Khouw, They’re Us: The Sympathetic Walking Dead in a Post-9/11 Zombie Renaissance.

2013 James Dawson, Alienation in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

2013 Mathieu Beney, Contemporary Satire in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club and Haunted and David Fincher’s Fight Club.

2013 Stephanie Arrowood, Circles Within Circles : An Ecocritical Examination of Nature, Self, and Story in Selected Texts By Linda Hogan, Louise Erdrich, and Leslie Marmon Silko.

2012 Cécile Heim, Liberating the Oppressed : Four Aboriginal Plays in Movement

2012 Eveline Sidler, Integrating the Past into the Present. The Importance of Ghosts in African American Literature of the Late 20th Century.

2012 Fabiana Palmoso. Transgressing Disability: The Body and the Text, A Comparative Analysis of Anne Finger and Nancy Mairs

2012 Janaine Corboz. Hip-hop Culture and the Civil Rights Movements. Music and Dance take up the Struggle

2011 Romaine Hunkeler. The Chicano Bildungsroman

2010 Roxane Mérot. Cultural Hybridity: Contradictions, Paradoxes and Tensions in Jade Snow Wong’s Literary and Artistic Works.

2010 Amélie Chappuis. The Representation of Women in Classical Hollywood Cinema: Joseph Mankiewicz’s The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve.

2010 Céline Bornet. Living on the Edge: Marginal Characters in the Work of Toni Morrison.

2010 Cécile Gretsch. Heteronormativity and the queer space of the fashion magazine: The representation of gender and sexuality in two fashion magazines, WAD and Vs.

2009 Baptiste Torriani. The Living Human Curiosity Sideshow: Figurative Speech in Aesop Rock’s Songs.

2009 Marie Pedroni. Long Spoons and Happy People: Re-imagining Society in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven.

2008 Aleksandra Juszczyk. “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again!”: The Representation of Food in Southern Literature Illustrated by Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind and Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding.

2007 Delphine Jeanneret. Narrative Experimentation in Post-Postmodernism: Studies of Short Stories by David Foster Wallace and Lydia Davis.