Michel S. Laronde


Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award (1980)
Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of French and Italian


Michel S. Laronde earned his Ph.D. in 20th-century Literature from Indiana University in 1981.

Since 1982, Laronde has served as a Professor and the Director of Undergraduate French Studies in the Division of World Languages Literatures & Cultures at the University of Iowa. His courses center on "Quebecois literature" that focus on the culture, literature and cinema of Quebec, and on Translation and Comparative Stylistics. Laronde's research interests focus on the teaching responsibilities and publications in the domain of the postcolonial literatures and cinema from France, represented mostly by immigration from North- and subSaharan Africa.

Laronde is a the author of Postcolonialiser la Haute Culture à l'Ecole de la République published in 2008, which studies how postcolonial subjects in France reinterpret references to classical literary models used in school to teach language and values. Autour du roman beur, Immigration et identité published in 1993 is a seminal book that studies the identity of second- and third generation "North Africans" in France through the presentation of their literary output in the 1980s. Laronde is also the editor of two volumes of articles by international scholars, L'Ecriture décentrée: La langue de l'Autre dans le roman contemporain published in 1996 and Leïla Sebbar published in 2003. He has articles in journals such as International Journal of Francophone Studies, Nottingham French Studies, Etudes Francophones, French Literature Series, Le Maghreb Littéraire, and chapters in several books. Laronde was on the editorial board of Le Maghreb littéraire and he regularly reviews articles for Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Research in African Literature and university presses in the U.S. and abroad.