Department of Modern Languages & Classics

Dr. Rohini Bannerjee

Recipient of the 2012 Saint Mary’s University Student Association Award for Overall Excellence in the Field of Education, Dr. Rohini Bannerjee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Classics and is a Faculty member of both the Asian Studies and Women and Gender Studies programs at Saint Mary’s University. Born and raised in Dartmouth, NS, Rohini holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French and a Masters Degree in French Literature from Dalhousie University and in 2006 earned her Doctorate in French Studies from Western University. Before joining Saint Mary’s in 2006, Rohini taught French at both the elementary and high school level, at Fanshawe College and at Western University in London, ON.
Her primary area of research is in Francophone Literatures and Cultures of the Indian Ocean. One of Rohini’s current interdisciplinary projects is titled Haligonian Histories: South-Asian Immigrant Women making Halifax home.  

Courses taught in French:
FR 4422: Introduction to Literary Analysis
FR 4418: Realism and Naturalism

Courses taught in English:
FR 2200: Oral Traditions in the Francophone World
WMST 1200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

Recent Honours Mémoire Supervision
Taryn Hines, 2013: La conteuse moderne: la résistance symbolique chez Assia Djebar et Fatima Merniss 
Jessica Baxter, 2012 : Une critique littéraire et psychanalytique des protagonistes féminins de l’enfance à la ménopause dans les œuvres d’Ananda Devi

Recent Publications:
Chapter Nine: “Daughter forsaken: la résistance of the Indo-Mauritian girl-child in Ananda Devi’s novels” India in the World. Editors, Cristina M. Gámez-Fernández and Antonia Navarro-Tejero, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011, p. 123-134 

« L’espace littéraire mauricien: l’hétérolinguisme, l’intergénéricité, et l’oralité dans l’œuvre francophone d’Ananda Devi », Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, Special Issue : Nouveaux mondes/Nouveaux espaces II, Volume 15, Issue 5, 2011, p.505-512

Recent Presentations:
“De la Shoah aux Chagos: Re-telling Mauritian History à la francophone” Department of Languages & Literatures Seminar Series, Fall Series 2013,  Acadia University, Wolfville, NS

« Ananda Devi e(s)t sa ‘poétique des îles’ » International Colloquium Poésie et Langue, October 2012, St. Francis-Xavier University, Antigonish, NS