MA theses recently supervised


2024 Amine Amairi, Technophilia and Fantasy in Solarpunk Short Stories.

2024 Julie Bubloz, “Cool Girls Never Get Angry”. The Femme Fatale Archetype and its Critical Reception in Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” and its Adaptation.

2024 Chloé Gedet, Beyond Denial: Post-Apocalyptic Ecofictions Amid the Climate
Emergency. A Complementary Study of Antoinette Rychner’s “Après le monde” and Margaret Atwood’s “MaddAddam”.


2024 Noëlle von Siebenthal, Our Writing Belongs to Us. Anarcha-feminist Visions of Social Change and Literary Praxes.

2023 Lisa Wulf,  Perpetuating Shadows: Unveiling the Vicious Cycle of Racism in Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” (1970), “Jazz” (1993), and “God Help the Child” (2015).

2023 Senan Maloney Lawless, Secular Spirituality and Science Fiction: Developing spiritual maturity through explorations of the divine in the works of Olaf Stapledon and Octavia E. Butler.

2023 Loïc Batista Lugeon, “Négritude” and unveiling in French rap: How Francophone Afrodescendant rappers fight racism and empower their Black audiences.

2023 Fanny Montet, Racism and Eugenics in Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Herland”

2023 Hakim Léo Sahal, How to Write a Novel Accidentally : The Effects and Relevance of Jack Kerouac’s Spontaneous Prose.

2023 Diandra Severino, “Is That You John Wayne? Is This Me?”. The treatment of Military Masculinity during the Vietnam War in Gustav Hasford’s “The Short-Timer” and The Phantom Blooper, and Ron Kovic’s “Born on the Fourth of July”.

2023 Rebeca Negash, The Role of The Author and The Filmmaker in Creating an Oppositional Gaze”: An Analysis of Rivers Solomon’s The Deep and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

2023  Alicia Fabbri, Gender and Poetry: Writing the Body, Sexuality, and Motherhood by Maggie Nelson, Audre Lorde, and Adrienne Rich.

2023  Mathilde Fragnière, Narratives of the Future(s): Rewriting the Ideology of Progress in Solarpunk Short Stories.

2023  Sophie Künzi, “I Can’t Breathe”: Exploring Systemic Racism and the Struggle of Identity Formation in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

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.