Annie deSaussure

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Francophone Studies

Annie deSaussure has been teaching French and Francophone cultures for over five years. While completing her degrees in literary studies at the University of Rennes in Brittany, Annie began to research the region’s history and literature. Her current project, Global Brittany: Breton Literature and the Francophone World, examines the intersection of contemporary Breton literature with postcolonial literature and theory. Specifically, her project examines the influence of the Québécois Révolution Tranquille and the work of Négritude author Aimé Césaire on a generation of Postwar Breton authors, including Paol Keineg, José Le Moigne, and Michel Le Bris. Currently, she is preparing an article on Breton travel literature in the United States for a special issue of Nottingham French Studies entitled “New Dialogues: Breton Literature as World Literature.”


  • B.A., Lettres Modernes and FLE (French as a Foreign Language), University of Rennes, 2008
  • M.A., Lettres Modernes, University of Rennes, 2009
  • Ph.D., French, Yale, 2016


Peer-Reviewed Articles

"Breizh USA: Breton Travel Narratives in the United States," in New Dialogues: Breton Literature as World Literature, special issue of Nottingham French Studies, Edinburgh University Press, preliminarily accepted and in preparation. 2018. 

"The Breton Origins of Literature Monde: Controversies and Contradictions in Michel Le Bris's Breton Narratives," in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, under review. 2018.

"Conflicts in Bretagnes: Identity Politics and Literary Networks in the Post-war Breton Movement(s)." Journal of the Western Society for French History, Michigan Publishing, Vol. 42, 2014.


Selected Conferences and invited talks

Mothers and Motherlands: Breton Identity Narratives and World-Literature in French, Paper provisionally accepted for seminar “Nationalism and Its Others” at the annual meeting of the ACLA, Los Angeles, CA, April 2018.

D’une Bretagne ‘Postcoloniale’ à une Bretagne globale, Invited Talk, FRS2407, Introduction to French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures, Bowdoin College, May 2017.

Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis & French Regional Diversity, Invited Talk, Honor’s Course FR 329, Francophone Cultures through Film, Oregon State University, Nov. 2016.

Invited Participant, Burkini Round Table, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon. Nov. 2017  

Invited Graduate Teaching Fellow Panelist. Yale Center for Language Study Pedagogy Workshop, Aug. 2012; Aug. 2013; Aug. 2015

Conflicts in Bretagnes: Identity Politics and Literary Networks in the Post-war Breton movement. Western Society for French Historical Studies Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 2014

La Bretagne and Littérature-Monde: Denationalizing ‘French’ literature. Language and Identity in Francophone Worlds Workshop, Oxford University, Oct. 2014

Breton literature as world literature: For a regional analysis of the world literature movement. “Rethinking the manifesto ‘For a world-literature in French,’” Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Apr. 2014

Brittany, Algeria and the French Régime Colonial: Rethinking French colonialism through a comparative history. History Department French Working Group, Yale University, Apr. 2013

Breton as transgression: Exploring notions of modern Breton identity through the Hélias controversy. Equinoxes Conference, Brown University Providence, RI, Apr. 2012

Writing the Nationless Nation: Breton nationalism, literature and identity in the 20th century. Graduate Forum Presentation, Davenport College, Yale University, Nov. 2012