Ioana G Vartolomei Pribiag

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Ioana Pribiag works on 19th and 20th century French and Francophone Studies. She is particularly interested in thought on the relationships between politics and aesthetics, and the developing dialogue between French and postcolonial theory. She is currently working on a book manuscript examining the politics of the spectacular, the spectral and the specular in Francophone literature and cinema. Ioana started and coordinates FRIT Lab, a biweekly research and work-in-progress discussion group within French and Italian.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. and M.A.: Romance Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2014; 2010.
  • B.A: French and Biological Sciences (Neurobiology and Behavior), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2006.


  • Francophone literature and film
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Politics and Aesthetics
  • Gender and Sexuality
Courses Taught
  • FREN 3410 - Language in Exile: An Introduction to Québécois Literature, Culture and Film
  • FREN 5470 - Postcolonial Spectrality
  • FREN 3431 - Gender and Sexuality in Francophone Literature and Cinema
  • FREN 3101W - Impossible Loves
  • FREN 5470 - Francophone Caribbean Literature
  • FREN 3650 - Cinema and Memory
  • FREN 3340 - Madness and Literature
  • FREN 3015 - Advanced French Grammar and Communication
Research & Professional Activities


  • Poetic Worlds: Biennial Multilingual Poetry and Music Night,
  • Vartolomei Pribiag, Ioana. (2019) "Politics and Its Others." Philosophy Today 63(2): 447-470. Link.
  • Vartolomei Pribiag, Ioana. (2019) "Amironner: Notes on Worlding the Local." Revue d'études canadiennes / Journal of Canadian Studies 53(3): 535-554. Link.
  • Vartolomei Pribiag, Ioana. (2018) "Spectacle and Surveillance in Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s Colère."  Marie Vieux Chauvet's Theatres: Thought, Form and Performance of Revolt, edited by Lena Taub and Christian Flaugh. Brill: pp.142–159. Link.
  • Vartolomei Pribiag, Ioana. (2017) "Radical History and the Politics of Art by Gabriel Rockhill". Substance 46(1): 178-183. Link.
  • Vartolomei, Ioana. (2013) "Traversées de la parole dans ‘Panneaux-Réclame’ de Michèle Lalonde". Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 17(5): 529-538. Link.
  • Vartolomei, Ioana. (2012) “Écrire la dépossession: l’engagement dans le langage poétique chez Gaston Miron.“Langages poétiques et poésie francophone en Amérique du Nord. Presses de l’Université de Laval: pp. 51-60. Link.
  • Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Residential Fellowship, January 2020 - May 2020
  • Québec Government Curriculum Development Grant, August 2018 - December 2018
  • Joan Aldous Diversity Grant, 2016